Pedro Ximenez is the name of a white Spanish grape variety. Some times it is called Pedro Ximenes or PX. It has been grown in Spain for centuries.
The first plants that came to Western Australia were taken by British settlers as cuttings from the Cape of Good Hope in South Africa in the early 1830's. The vines are vigourous on the rich alluvial soils of the Swan Valley with its Mediterranean climate. The vines produce large bunches of white grapes.
To maximize the grape sugar levels the vines have to be meticulously maintained through the growing season. To make the rich and luscious liqueur wines that are renown worldwide the sugar level has to be extraordinary high. This is achieved by letting the grapes ripen and shrivel as raisins on the vine in the autumn sunshine.
The colour of the wine is a burnished golden colour with full flavours of honey, butterscotch and raisin pudding. This wine 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 wines made from Pedro Ximenez grapes. We have a range of organic dessert wines from pedro ximenez to liqueur tokay, classic liqueur muscat and liqueur shiraz and vintage port made from shiraz. More information can be found at our blog page about Pedro Ximenez.
You can visit the Harris Organic cellar door and buy Pedro Ximenez or shop on-line at our on-line 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 Spanish grape variety 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,
Pedro Ximenez is available in 375 mL bottles and in bulk cubes. Buy their beautiful fortified style wines from their Wine Shop today.
Very ripe and sun-dried organic grapes are crushed, de-stemmed before being pumped to the fermenting tank. The ferment starts 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 our organic brandy spirit. 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 wine has organic neutral brandy added and is about 18% alcohol. Some preservatives 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 - 17+% pH 3.9, Residual Sugar - 10+ Baume'. Total sulphides SO2, less than 100 ppm.
The hand picked raisins produce a luscious dessert wine in a Pedro Ximenez (PX) sherry style. This luscious sweet dessert is one of the best Australian dessert wines in Perth Western Australia's Swan wine district.
Did You Know?
Pedro Ximénez is probably the sweetest wine in the world? Despite this, its complexity of aroma and flavour make it fresh and harmonious on the palate as a result of the natural process of raisining by “asoleo”, or drying the ripening grapes on the vine. This concentrates the grape sugars but also the grapes natural acidity.
Buy from the Wine Shop today this beautiful Pedro Ximenez, you will be impressed.