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Toro Álbala Don Convento Seleccion Pedro Ximenez
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Toro Álbala Don Convento Seleccion Pedro Ximenez 1929

Sherry Jerez - Manzanilla, SpainOlder doesn't make it better. But when great age and great wine meet, there is little better in the wine world. This is a very sweet (500 g/l RS), very rare PX from Montilla. Whole bunches of PX were dried 8-10 days on mats, with 90 percent of the bunches flipped half way through. The bunches are pressed within pancakes of rusks to release their thick syrup. In the port-wine-style, distillate from the marc of the property is added to the fermenting must to bring it up to 18 degrees alcohol and killing off the remaining yeast, which rights the sugar levels as they are. The wine is left to settle in concrete for two years, after which it goes into barrel until just prior to bottling and release. Brown walnut orange in hue, with concentrated dark marmalade, raisins, thick and unctuous on the palate. This is a contemplative sipping wine, that for all its age and gravitas, comes across the palate with an effortless ease. Toro Albalá releases small lots of very old vintage-dated sweet Pedro Ximénez from time to time.Tasted: 24 November 2018Tasted by: Treve RingPrices: ON 415.95 consignment Producer: Toro ÁlbalaDistributors: Le Sommelier Inc.
Grape: Pedro Ximénez