In a nutshell: Classic, delicate and yeasty Manzanilla.
The lowdown: This type of sherry is made in the seaside town of Sanlucar de Barrameda where the climate is conducive to slightly fersher and more saline sherries than the Fino style. With a delicate pale straw colour this has a delicate yeasty, bready not on the nose, plus a hint of flower blossom while on the palate it's dry, crisp and fresh with the characteristic saline hint there at the finish.
When to drink: Served well chilled this makes a great aperitif or match for seafood
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.
They own 750 hectares of their own vineyards in Jerez, which is extremely rare in this region and allows them close control over grape quality. They are the only bodega to make single vineyard Sherries and are also renowned for their VOS (Very Old Sherries) with over 20 years of ageing and VORS (Very Old Rare Sherries), with over 30 years of ageing. The Oloroso Solera 1842 VOS, for example, is produced from a Solera that was established in the mid-19th century.