Vineyard: The grapes come from Macharnudo Alto and vines in excess of 25 years old
Orientation: The vineyard faces the south east with and inclination of 10 degrees and at an altitude of 135 meters high.
Soil: Albariza or a white chalky soil. When wet it sheds water to deeper soils and as it dries it "clods" creating a protective layer that slows the evaporation of water from below.
Viticulture: The vines are bush pruned in the traditional method.
Vinification: The wine is fermented naturally in very old oak barrels. They remain in this "sobretabla" for 1 year fermenting to about 12% alcohol and forming the flor. The wine is then removed from the lees and fortified to 15% and introduced to the first "criadera" or level of the Tio Diego solera.
Aging: The wine undergoes biological aging under veil of flor for over 8 years and then fortified to above 17% for oxidative aging for 6+ years. There are 10 criaderas + the Solera.
Production: There is 1 "saca" or bottling per year in the winter which helps weaken the flor slowly over time.
Notes: Medium intensity and amber in color. Clear notes of it having aged under flor, with aromas of dried fruits and hazel nuts and a touch of toffee or caramel. On the palate it is very dry, wide and well balanced with refreshing acidity.
Publication: Wine advocate
The NV Tio Diego Amontillado Palomino from the Macharnudo vineyard, is fermented in botas, aged biologically for 10 years under flor in a solera separated from Inocente, and with a further five years of oxidative aging. It has a beautiful, perfumed nose of dry flowers, very elegant and clean, subtle, with some saline notes, both in the nose and the palate, where it is balanced, medium-bodied and elegant. A very fine Amontillado, showing superb value for a 15-year-old wine. Drink 2013-2019.
I’ve often called Valdespino "the Romanee-Conti of Jerez." Well, there, I’ve said it. To me they represent quality and tradition at the very top of the Sherry hierarchy. The winery, soleras and brands are old, registered in 1875, but with documentation about their commercial and winegrowing activities going back to the 13th century. Their recent history starts in 1999, when Jose Estevez purchases the company from the Valdespino family. Today Valdespino is the jewel in the crown of the Grupo Estevez, which also includes Real Tesoro and La Guita, who stock and age 35,000 botas of Sherry and own 800 hectares of vineyards, 56 of which come from the Pago Macharnudo, on pure white albariza soil, one of the best vineyards in the Marco de Jerez, and 17 hectares from the heart of Macharnudo are still fermented in bota today and form the core of brands like Inocente, Tio Diego, CP or Cardenal. All the wines were carefully and slowly moved to the new facilities of the Grupo Estevez on the outskirts
Publication: Wine Spectator
Smoky and taut, featuring date, dried orange peel, clove, singed sandalwood and salted caramel notes. The dry, nervy finish has lots of tension. Begs for salted almonds. Drink now. - J.M.