Valdespino is one of the oldest bodegas in Jerez, with a history of Sherry production going back six centuries. Back in 1264, Alfonso Valdespino was one of 24 knights who fought against the Arabs for the city of Jerez with King Alfonso X. As a reward for his efforts he was given land that formed the basis of the bodega. Today Valdespino belongs to the Estevez family, who purchased the bodega in 1999.
Inocente is of one only Fino wines still to be fermented in wooden casks, 600-litre American oak butts. Moreover Valdespino is using indigenous yeasts, whereas since the 1970’s all other bodegas have been using stainless steel fermentation tanks and many of them switched to cultured yeasts. While these modern techniques are less labour-intensive and result in a more consistent fermentation, they also take away a bit of the traditional character and the diversity of a large array of casks.
A second unique feature is the fact that the Palomino grapes for this wine come from one single vineyard. Where all other Finos are blended from multiple sources, this one uses only grapes from Macharnudo Alto, a high-altitude area renowned for its pure Albariza soil. The vines are 25 years old.
Serve chilled with Ibérico ham, fried squid, octopus salad, mussels with chorizo, anchovies, fish & chips, pickled fish, salted roasted almonds, olives, tapenade, manchego cheese, egg & potato tortilla, drunken chicken, grilled artichokes or sushi!