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Product code: 1716

Abel Mendoza, Selección Personal, DOCa Rioja, Spain, 2018

Abel Mendoza, Selección Personal, DOCa Rioja, Spain, 2018

Producer Profile

Modest, passionate and in no small part obsessive, Abel Mendoza and Maite Fernández have been making understated wines from their old vine vineyards, high up in the Cantabrian mountains near San Vicente de la Sonsierra since the late 80s.

His intimate knowledge of the diverse terroirs in this spectacular part of Rioja is enthralling, and every barrel tasted reveals startling provenance and true character of the vintage. Abel doesn’t make wines that flatter, they don’t speak of oak regimes, but rather of the quality of his fruit, expressed in its most honest form.

Viticulture

For two generations Abel Mendoza's family has been farming vineyards in Rioja which are scattered throughout the commune of San Vicente de la Sonsierra (towards the border of Rioja Alta and Alavesa). More than anything in the world, Abel cares for his vineyards, each plot cared for independently and harvest done entirely by hand. The grapes planted are all indigenous including malvasia (a variety widely planted in Rioja in the 18th century), viura, tempranillo and graciano.

Winemaking

Fermentation is made in steel tanks and after the malolactic fermentation the wine is matured in new french barrels for 13 months.

Oak Ageing

Time: 13 Months
Type: French 225l Barrels
% wine oaked: 100
% new oak: 100

Tasting Note

A very classy and compelling wine. Deeply coloured with a pure, intense bouquet of crushed fruits, spice and oak. Elegant oak ageing enhances the wine’s complexity and class.

Food Matching

White meat, Ibérico ham, pork sausage, pasta with tomato sauce and mushrooms.

Awards

Tim Atkin Rioja 2022 Special Report 94 Points
This impressive Tempranillo hails from a single two-hectare parcel called Marrate-El Bardillo in Labastida. New oak aged, it's a grippy, compact, dense red with a hint of good reduction, stony, brooding intensity, grippy tannins and the concentration and fruit weight to age beautifully in bottle. 2024-30. 94 Points, TA, Feb 2022.

Technical Details
Varieties:
Tempranillo 100%
Biodynamic Works Organically
ABV:
14%

Closure:
Natural cork

Colour:
Red

Style:
Still wine

Case Size:
6 x 75cl