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Pepe Mendoza, El Veneno, DO Vinos Alicante, Spain, 2020

Product code: 4998
Pepe Mendoza, El Veneno, DO Vinos Alicante, Spain, 2020

Producer Profile

Pepe Mendoza is one of the most respected winemakers in southeast Spain, focusing on local and Mediterranean varieties, sourced from their own vineyards in the Alto Vinalopó region near Villena, and the coastal-influenced Marina Alta.

His latest project, Casa Agrícola is a personal project, created with his wife Pepa Agulló, to make high-quality wines from Monastrell, Syrah, Macabeo, Moscatel and Giró. With plantings dating back to 1923, vineyards are organically cultivated, dry-farmed on ancient terraces, and in tune with the climate of Alicante. Pepe refers to his entry levels wines as ‘landscape wines’, the white a delicious blend of Macabeo and Airen from Vinalopó, and Moscatel from Marina Alta, whilst the red is equal parts Monastrell, Giró and Garnacha Tintorera (aka Alicante Bouschet) from Alto Vinalopó. Pureza is skin contact Moscatel fermented in amphorae. With the pinnacle of the range, two single vineyard wines, El Veneno, a stunningly fresh expression of Monastrell sourced from the highest plots in Alto Vinalopó, and Abarques, which reflects the character of Giró and the Marina Alta location.


This comes from a beautiful mountain plot named after an ill-tempered past owner Uncle Veneno because he was quite serious, mean spirited and hard on his neighbours! Despite this he left in his memory a magnificent and exceptional vineyard; El Veneno situated at Alto Vinalopó at around 650 meters above sea level, this 5 ha vineyard is on average 57 years old, on sandy loam soils, with a lot of calcareous caliche stone.


Despite being serious, this expression of Monsatrell is created with simplicity, and emphasising the high potential grapes and hands on approach. Maceration is soft, manual and delicate with skins and only 30% of stems (no pumping). Native yeasts start fermentation, in 1000l vats for 8-10 days. Whole cluster pressed. Lees contact without batonnage. Malolactic in oak casks.

Oak Ageing

Time: 1 Year
Type: French Oak 500L
% wine oaked: 100
% new oak: 100

Tasting Note

A serious expression of Monastrell with notes of lavender, rockrose, scrub, holm oak and Mediterranean pines. The fruit and mountainous notes come first, then subtle oak accompanies and gives complexity for a magnificent mouthfeel which is long and balanced. A wine to be aged.

Food Matching

Matches the bold flavours of Iberian sausage, sheeps cheeses, grilled lamb or aged chuleton steak.


Robert Parkers The Wine Advocate 95+ Points
The depth of the nose of the 2020 El Veneno already talks about a much better vintage with very complete and full wines that are floral, expressive and ripe but delicate, what they always look for: delicate wines with power, the proverbial iron fist in the velvet glove. It's varietal, Mediterranean, fresh, expressive, rich and complex, with abundant, chalky tannins that coat your mouth and give it a dry sensation, earthy and mineral. It has more of everything. The finest vintage of El Veneno to date. 9,900 bottles were filled in February 2022. 95+ Points, LG, April 2022.

Technical Details
Monastrell 100%
Vegetarian Vegan Works Organically

Natural cork


Still wine

Case Size:
6 x 75cl