£ 19.95, 50 cl
100% Pedro Ximénez
This irresistible Pedro Ximénez Sherry is aged for 20 years in an old solera system where it develops complex fruit cake, spice and dried fruit characters that make it the perfect accompaniment to desserts and cheeses.
Dark mahogany in colour, the Royal Ambrosante is pronounced on the nose with complex aromas of dried fruits, raisins, toffee, coffee and spice. Full and luscious on the palate, it is smooth and sweet with a sumptuous and lingering finish.
The Pedro Ximénez grapes are sourced from the Montilla-Moriles region, which is hotter and less humid than Jerez. The grapes are raisined in the sun before they are vinified. The evaporation of water from the grapes concentrates the sugars, acids and flavours. When these raisins are pressed, an intense and concentrated juice is yielded which can take many months to ferment given the high sugar content.
The juice pressed from the raisined grapes is intensely sweet and concentrated, meaning that the yeasts cannot complete fermentation. The resulting wine is treacle-sweet prior to fortification with grape spirit. This luscious Pedro Ximénez is aged in a Solera system in Jerez which was first established in 1894. The final wine has an average age of 20 years.
The House of Sandeman was founded in London in 1790 by George Sandeman, a young Scot from Perth. Specialising in wines from Porto and Jerez, Sandeman was the first company to brand its name on a cask with a hot iron in 1805 and was one of the first to label and advertise its wines. First painted in 1928 by George Massiot Brown, the ‘Sandeman Don’ is one of the world's first ever brand images and the first major icon in the wine world. The cape was modelled on the attire worn by university students in Porto, while the wide-brimmed hat was a nod to the family’s presence in Jerez. Although primarily associated with Port wines, Sandeman has been fully committed to sherry since George Sandeman first set up an office in Cádiz in 1809. Today, Sandeman concentrates its efforts in Jerez on the production of a handful of premium quality old solera sherries which have become known as masterpieces of the style.