A sherry wine is a fortified wine made in Spain, whereas in Portugal a fortified wine is called a Port wine. In Australia, we used to use these names,
but now we use terms like fortified red wine, fortified white wine, apera, topaque and varietal names like pedro ximenez.
Pedro ximenez sherry is made from a white Spanish sherry grape variety called pedro ximenez. Sometimes the Spanish sherry grape is called pedro ximenes or just PX or Pedro X. It has been grown in Spain and made into sherry wine for centuries.
Some synonyms include Pedro Jimenez wine, Pedro Ximenes, Jerez, and in Australia, it is often referred to as Pedro or PX. Pedro jimenez is made in Chile from Pedro Ximenez grapes. The variety Pedro Gimenez, which is used widely in Argentina
for cheap everyday white wines, is unrelated despite the similar name. The other sherry variety from Jerez, the traditional home of Sherry, is Palomino which is much more common there than Pedro Ximenez.
Pedro X is used to add sweetness to blends with Palomino and also on its own to make dark sweet viscous wines, both in Jerez and other regions in Southern Spain.
In Chile Pedro Ximenez is the variety most often used to make Pisco, tho local version of brandy. Like Palomino, Pedro Ximenez wine can also be used to make dry white wine without much character.
In Australia, Pedro X is used to make both fortified and table wines. In the 1950s McWilliams Pedro was one of the first botrytised wines produced in Australia. It is also used to make rich sweet fortified wines but historically Pedro Ximenez's most common role has been bulking up mass produced cheap white wines. How much is in your chardonnay?
To maximize the grape sugar levels the twenty year old PX vines have to be meticulously maintained through the growing season. Only short canes are wrapped down on the cordon wire during pruning. After bud burst, the vine crown is thinned to maximise vine growth from the cordon. Once the fruit has set the two bunches per cane are reduced to one bunch. We call this thinning. After thinning the leaves are plucked by hand around the fruit bunches to allow good airflow.
During the late spring, the vines are then hedged to about a metre in length to reduce the vine canopy. This ultimately reduces vine water stress in the late summer heat.
To make the rich and luscious liqueur PX sherry wine that is renown worldwide the sugar level has to be extra-ordinary high. This is achieved by letting the organic sherry grapes ripen and shrivel as raisins on the vine in the warm autumn sunshine.
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Sherry can come in different forms from dry to sweet wines. Pedro Ximemez sherry is the ducks nuts as far as the sweetest style of white wine sherry available. Some sherry are dry like the flor fino style.
The colour of the pedro ximemez wine is a burnished golden colour with full flavours of honey, butterscotch and raisin pudding. This pedro ximenez port has a complex, lingering sweetness that is beautifully acid balanced. Enjoy with cheeses, dried fruits or with a dessert of your choice, we prefer pancakes and healthy ice-cream. All are available from our organic wine shop.
Harris Organic Wines was established in the Swan Valley of Perth in 1998. We specialise in certified organic fortified sweet wines made from organic pedro ximenez grapes. We have a range of organic sherry wines from pedro ximenez sherry to liqueur muscadelle tokay, classic liqueur muscat and liqueur shiraz and vintage port made from shiraz. More information can be found on our blog page about pedro ximenez.
You can visit the Harris Organic cellar door and buy pedro ximenez wine sherry or shop online at our online wine shop. We are located in Baskerville on the corner of Memorial Avenue and the Great Northern Highway in the Swan Valley. The Swan Valley is located 30km north east of Perth city centre, Western Australia.
A white Spanish sherry grape pedro ximenez does exceptionally well in the vine-growing region of the Swan Valley.
This award-winning organic wine began existence as grapes that were hand thinned at the green berry stage so that the vine can sun-ripen its remaining grapes to raisins of very high sugar levels, without irrigation. This is the best way to grow grapes to make the sweetest sherry wines.
The best pedro ximenez is available in 375 mL bottles and in bulk cubes. Buy their beautiful fortified style sherry wines from their Wine Shop today.
Very sweet and ripe and sun-dried organic sherry pedro ximenez grapes are crushed, de-stemmed before being pumped to a fermenting tank. The ferment is started with natural yeasts
and continues at 20C until the ferment has proceeded through about 2-3 degrees of sugar reduction.
The skins are drained and basket pressed, the juice returned to an open fermenter under the winery verandah. The ferment continues at 20-25 degrees Celsius until the wine-maker determines it is the correct time to fortify the wine with organic brandy spirit to raise the alcohol content to 19 per cent. Once the ferment has stopped the wine is pumped to oak hogsheads for underground cellaring and maturation. After a minimum of four years, the wine is bottled and sealed.
This pedro ximenez white wine has organic neutral brandy spirit added and is about 19% alcohol. Some small amount of minimal preservative in the way of sulphites are added. It is clarified and filtered before bottling. Harris recommends consuming within one month after opening, as we want you to come back for more.
Alcohol - 18+% pH 3.9, Residual Sugar - 10+ Baume'. Total sulphides SO2, less than 100 ppm.
The hand picked raisins produce a luscious pedro ximenez dessert wine in a (PX) sherry style. This luscious pedro ximenez white wine is one of the best Australian sherry style pedro ximenez dessert wine in Perth, Western Australia's Swan wine district.
Buy the best pedro ximenez port from the Online Wine Shop today. This beautiful pedro ximenez, you will impressed your friends.
Cooking with organic sherry is an organic grape wine with brandy added, just like all sherries. Some cooking sherry's have salt added, as well
as potassium metabisulfite and potassium sorbate to extend its shelf life. Organic sherry has none of this.
Cooking sherry is used specifically as a culinary ingredient to add a sweet and nutty taste to food.
Check out our recipe about the delicious beef cheeks with pedro ximenez stew.
Try keeping a jar of raisins covered with PX in your kitchen, a perfect dessert sprinkled over vanilla ice cream
Organic raisins soaked in pedro ximenez served with dark chocolate ice cream in a lovely glass.
Organic cumquats soaked in brandy and pedro ximenez with thickened cream.