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Valdespino is a tiny, high-quality vineyard that exists within a larger wine and spirits company called Grupo Estevez. The winery uses the resources of the company to make some of the finest, most distinctive and expertly produced Sherries available. The historic bodega dates back to 1264 when Don Alfonso Valdespino, one of the 24 knights that expelled the Moors from Jerez, was rewarded for his duties with a gift of land from the king. The Macarnudo Alto vineyard has pure Albariza soil and no chemicals are used on the vara y pulgar trained vines. All of their wines are barrel-fermented in neutral oak and are allowed to decide their destiny naturally (biological vs. oxidative aging), where other houses ferment in stainless steel and inoculate the flor to produce wines of a particular style. The ‘Deliciosa’ is aged in the most important bodega building in Sanlucar at the top of the hill in the barrio alto. The solera is also a single vineyard Manzanilla with fruit coming from Miraflores - the most important pago in the Sanlucar zone. The nose displays sweet white fruit and green apples but it’s very dry and crisp on the palate with notes of almond and salt.