Ximenez Spinola, Pedro Ximenez, Vintage

Spain · Jerez
This is an early matured wine, made in a manner that prevents it from being called a Sherry. It delivers flavours of raisins, dates and figs, with surprising freshness.
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Body Full
Sweetness 4/10
This winery is one of the most interesting and incredible (in the truest sense of the word) that we have ever come across. This is an old winery who only grow one grape, Pedro Ximenez, and, until recently, only made wines under the Sherry DO. These amazing wines are made with extraordinary care and attention to detail, at goodness-knows-what cost. Traditional drying and sun-bleaching of the grapes on straw mats, followed by painstaking fermentation and ageing delivers simply breath-taking wines. The Solera that forms their flagship wine comes from a Solera that was begun in 1918 and it is almost jet-black in colour. It is no wonder that many commentators were slow to see that the closest relation to PX was none other than Riesling. The reason for this, suppose Ximenez Spinola, is possibly a result of the Carolingian period when Europe was largely under one ruler. Armies were temporary and less rigorous than today and it is widely accepted that many soldiers would have travelled with their families and their entire belongings and way of life, from one corner of Europe to the other. In this manner, it is thought that one soldier in particular, took up his homestead and craft from Germany to the south of Spain. He was a grape grower and his name was Peter Siemens. Now, in Spain, Peter would automatically be changed to Pedro, and Siemens is a bit of a mouthful to pronounce. She-men-esh, would be the approximation of what they could pronounce. Written down? well, the closest they would get to would be Xiemens, and then Ximenez is only a grammatical shift. So, that might explain the name. But what of the grapes he brought? Remember what PX is closest in relation to? Of course. The German variety Riesling. It would certainly make a lovely film.
More Info
  • Alcohol 12.0%
  • Size 375ml
  • Closure Natural Cork
  • Ageing Vessel Oak Barrels
  • Months Ageing 12 Months