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Pepe Mendoza Pureza Moscatel, Alicante 2022
A dry Spanish white of great tension and focus made in amphora by the talented Pepe Mendoza. This is gentle and understated with a lovely herby, floral aroma and soft palate.
Price: £17.00 Bottle
Price: £102.00 Case of 6
- White Wine
- 2 - Dry
- Now to 2025
- 13% Alcohol
- no oak influence
- Cork, natural
Based in Alicante, Pepe Mendoza was born into Spanish-wine royalty (his father Enrique helms one of the most successful family wineries in the country) and crafts wines of purity, depth and elegance. His style is a rejection of the high-volume, low-character methods of the bigger conglomerates and the resultant high-alcohol blockbusters, instead focusing on a more terroir-focused approach. The results are very impressive. He works only with native grapes (monastrell, alicante bouschet, muscatel, macabeo and the very rare giro are all grown) and employs native yeasts for fermentation, and he takes a hands off approach to winemaking, intervening as little as possible in the process to create wines that very much speak of their origins.
All over southern Spain, ambitious winemakers are making full use of the legacy of old-vine white grapes to make serious dry whites that are among the country's very best. In Jerez, winemakers such as...All over southern Spain, ambitious winemakers are making full use of the legacy of old-vine white grapes to make serious dry whites that are among the country's very best. In Jerez, winemakers such as Bodegas Luis Pérez and Valdespino have shown that unfortified dry whites are likely to have an important role to play in the region's future. In the east and southeast, meanwhile, I've been hugely impressed with wines made from white varieties grown in high-altitude and coastal vineyards where the heat is mitigated by maritime breezes and humidity or, higher up, night-time cool. Among my favourites is Pepe Mendoza in Alicante, who makes a thrillingly nervy, fresh and subtly grippy-textured dry white infused with Mediterranean citrus, herbs and flowers from muscat grapes aged in clay amphorae.