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Spanish Drinking Dozen - Winter 2021 Part II
The Spanish wine scene is now one of the most exciting to explore of all of Europe. The countryside is a multitude of undiscovered and re-discovered varieties as well as home to some of the most comforting and well-known wines of the world.
Weather drinking juicy and soft Tempranillo based wines from Rioja to incredible pinot-like wines of the north-west corner or from crazy old Garnaxa bush vines in Priorat there is so much to like.
In more recent years young and up-and-coming winemakers are re-vitalising ancient varieties and regions breathing new life and vigour into the industry.
They are the turning the old ideas of the past on their head and celebrating a rich and forgotten vinous history.
Every quarter we will be putting out a seasonal drinking pack which will be updated as we see great new wines, vintages rolls and the latest and greatest to hit our shores. At 15%-20% off or more, this a great way to explore Spain offering exceptional value and delicious drinking.
Don't forget to check back often to see the latest version of the Spanish Drinking Dozen$260.00 Regular Price $321.00
September Mixed Dozen 2021 - Spanish Fiesta
More product information will be added here soon! In the meantime, if you do have any questions at all about this product or others in our store, you can contact us by phone or email. Our friendly and experienced team are always happy to assist - we love drinking, selling, talking about and being in and around wine!$250.00 Regular Price $308.00
Izway Blue Label Mataro 2019Izway is literally a bunch of mates making wine and what they make is Damn good! They have one of the only off-grid wineries in the world with a focus on best sites in the Barossa to make a range of stellar tasting wines that over-deliver and always have that something special you can't quite put your finger on.
They are all about pure fruit and site expression un-hindered by lashings of new-oak that hide the nuance of their wines. Wine-making is a hands-off approach intervening where necessary. One to watch if you don't already know them.
The amount of great straight Mataro (Mouvedre) coming out of the Barossa is such a pleasant surprise. There seems to be a lighter touch these days without losing any of the grape's inherent wild nature. Combine that with the talent at Izway and you have a real winner. This opens to deep broody fruits with mineral and graphite infused nose, layered with dark peppery notes. This has lovely structure and depth as you would expect but made in a style that allows the pure fruit to shine and the palate to remain buoyant and fresh. PWS2019monastrellAustralia349
Enrique Mendoza ‘La Tremenda’ Monastrell 2018
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Casa Castillo Pie Franco Monastrell 2015
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Casa Castillo Pie Franco Monastrell 20162016monastrellSpain411$155.00 As low as $139.50
Bodega Castano Molino Loco Monastrell 20142014monastrellSpain342$14.00 As low as $12.60
Parajes del Valle Jumilla Monastrell 20192019monastrellSpain411
La Purisima Estio Tinto Monastrell Blend 2019
La Purisima is a sort of 'post-modern' co-op, doing some really sensational 'estate-style' wines from holdings of very old, dry grown, original clone, ungrafted Monastrell. La Purisima is in the township of Yecla, which gives its name to the Denominacion de Origen, D.O. Yecla, about 1.5 hours inland, due west from Alicante. It's also very high up, with vineyards as high as 1100m above sea level. Summer heat is tempered by altitude, while winter is both extremely cold, and also quite dry (average rainfall is 12 inches per annum.) No irrigation.
Low crop, high levels of vineyard vigilance, organic growing techniques, picked in the cooler hours of the day (mornings) and packed into small crates, begins a process of meticulous winemaking. The grapes then go through several selection passes, followed by 'must' chilling and fermentation in stainless steel.
The original clones of Monastrell grown on their own roots from old bush vines, dry grown. This is a simple wine, but really good. Very varietal warm bitumen/dried fig/honey/black fruit Monastrell, given a bit of a juicy-jubey touch up from the Syrah in the blend. Very silky to the tongue with decent length and a nice sense of taper on the palate to a finish where the fruit tannins live. PWS2016monastrell, shirazSpain507$20.00 As low as $18.00
Pepe Mendoza Casa Agricola Tinto 2018Pepe Mendoza is the star winemaker of DO Alicante, on the southern part of Spain’s Mediterranean coast. He is responsible for his family’s label, named for his father, Enrique. Of late, he has also developed a smaller, personal project, in conjunction with his wife, Pepa.
Pepe Mendoza Casa Agricola represents a transition for Pepe, beyond what is possible in the larger family project. Specifically, the aim is to utilise the opportunity afforded by low-cropped old vines to make wines with minimal intervention.
Monastrell (70%), 20% Giró and touches of with Syrah and Garnacha Tintoreira (Alicante Henri Bouchet).
The Giró is coastal from Abargues, the rest from dry grown bush vines in Alto Vinalopó from ‘Parcela el Veneno’ and ‘Parcela Los Burros’. Organic viticulture, wholefruit with 20% stems, fermented naturally in 1,000 litre tank at 21 degrees. 20% is aged in 500L French oak, most rests in tank. Magnificently fresh, fiercely Mediterranean in its scrubland balsamic aromas. Ultra-pure, light and flowing wine of rosemary, pine, laurel, thyme, resin, scrub. Mulberry leaves, stones and red dates in a mix of orchard and maritime smells. A saline thread lines the gently spiced cherry lipstick fruit, which is less than mid-weight, with gentle tannin and subdued glycerol. Delicate acidity is soft, freshly on point. Ease of passage, balsamic lift, balance and light are the thing. The palate’s more flutter than chew, beautifully laid out and running. PWS2018monastrellSpain342$54.00 As low as $48.60
Parajes del Valle Jumilla Monastrell 2018Maria Jover, a 28 year old winemaker heads up the thoroughly modern operations at Parajes del Valle. The organic Monastrell grapes come from very old vines (20-40 years old), organic, maintained from the old system of "Terraje".
The system entails a renting of the vineyards to the local farmers who take care of the quality of the vines and are given back a 7% of the production to the land owner. Most of the 80-90 year old vines in Jumilla are maintained that way, but changing views has seen many turn back to a focus on productive irrigated vineyard's rather than quality fruit.
The goal of the cellar is to maintain the old vines of the "Terraje" system by paying the grapes a higher price, and therefore maintaining the higher quality those old vines yield.
A noble cause and one that is paying dividends. We have encountered several wineries with similar systems or focus on lower yields and quality fruit and the resultant wines show a much more lifted and vibrant style of Monastrell that we really love. The same is absolutely true here. Still that mulberry and pencil lead but with a halo of vibrant red fruit and lifted aromatics. There is a snap of tannin and crunch of acidity that keeps everything on point. Good stuff! PWS