J. S. RASCH VIN & SPIRITUS
J. S. Rasch wine and colonial trade has been selling the good things in life since 1807. The current ownership goes back 2 generations.
Jerez – Sherry – Spain
The vineyards of Jerez are unique to the area. The soil in Jerez is mainly Albariza, a white soil which contains up to 60% chalk and therefore has a great capacity to maintain moisture, very important considering the long, hot and dry summers, since irrigation is prohibited. The area has a unique microclimate influenced by the surrounding Atlantic Ocean and the rivers Guadalquivir and Guadalete. The prevailing winds are humid and warm, and now and then dry and warm levant winds from North Africa. Temperatures are warm with 70% humidity and the annual rainfall is 600 litres/m 2. Harvest in Jerez begins in mid-August and generally lasts for a maximum of 3 weeks. The Pedro Ximenez grape, although a white grape, is treated a little differently as it is intended for sweet wines. The grapes are collected from the vine a little later and are then sun-dried in a process called ‘soleo’, where the bunches are laid out on esparto mats in the vineyard for up to two weeks. During this time, the grape loses about 40% of its volume due to evaporation of water, which causes concentration of sugar.
The Palomino must destined for Cristina comes from the first pressing of the continuous presses to achieve a little more structure and body. After fermentation to between 11% and 12% alcohol, the wine is fortified to 18% alcohol and then enters Oloroso solera. An empty space of 100 liters is left in the casks, so that the wine has a large surface in contact with the oxygen and therefore undergoes complete oxidation. The Pedro Ximenez grape undergoes heavy pressing similar to olive oil production. The must then begins to ferment, although it stops at about 7% alcohol due to sugar stress. At this point the wine is fortified to 15% alcohol and then enters the Pedro Ximenez solera. After aging separately for more or less 4 years, the two grape varieties are blended, 87% Palomino and 13% Pedro Ximenez. The blend then enters Cristina solera where it will spend another 3 years.
Cristina has a light amber color. On the nose clean aromas with subtle notes of raisins and figs due to the addition of Pedro Ximenez. On the palate slightly sweet with hints of American oak and a long finish.
SERVING AND PAIRING
This wine should be served slightly chilled in a small wine glass. Ideal as an aperitif with cheese or pâté, or to be enjoyed alone.