Who makes it?
Lustau Sherry house is an easy ‘go to’ for quality and there is always something interesting and distinctive to be found in their range. While Sherry is not something that appeals to everyone. Particularly this super sweet style. This wine is something that will disappear from the glass despite the protests to the contrary.
Dessert in a glass
The ‘PX’ on the label refers to Pedro Ximenez. The Andulusian grape that is responsible for some of the sweetest wines in the world. As it is fortified to 17%, it has an alcholic kick, but there is no mistaking the smoothness of the Lustau San Emilio. Here the PX grapes get to take centre stage.
The winemaking process for sweet sherries is very differently to a dry white wine…. or even a sweet white wine.
How they make it?
The process starts when an already very ripe grape has their sugar content further concentrated by being dried like sultanas in the abundant sunshine of Jerez.
The wine then starts fermenting as per normal but the ferment is then stopped with a large dose of grape spirit so that the resulting wine is very sweet. This wine is more than 400 grams per litre of sugar. Of course, that is not the end of the process. The young sherry then enters a solera system of layered barrels. Each layer is of a different age where it is deliberately oxidised. This PX ages for 12 years in the solar. This further concentrates the sugars, flavours and texture of the wine.
What does it taste like?
That dark brown colour of the sherry is the result of that oxidisation. So is the nutty, fig and toffee character of the wine. These characters compliment the apple and sultana fruit. Once this wine hits the mouth, it is sweet and unctuous. Yet the high acid keeps the wine from being cloying and allows you to appreciate its many dimensions. The length of this wine is long and satisfying.
This Lustau PX is a conversation piece. It starts conversations and sustains them. If you need sustenance, chocolate, nuts in any form or combination is a good start. Or, to capture that symmetry of sweet and salty, add some salty serrano ham to the platter.
That sweet wine withstands the salty intensity of a strong stinky blue cheese.
Quickie review « The intensity and complexity of this super sweet and indulgent sherry is what PX is all about. »
Country of Origin: Jerez, Spain
Tasting Date: November 2020
Price (750ml): UK £23 | €20 |USD$ 23 ++ | AU$55
Needs food: no
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