They have changed the bottle and label of the 2018 Mountain Blanco, the dry Moscatel from Málaga, and it now features an old retro image. The wine was cropped from an atypical year with good spring rain and cooler temperatures that resulted in a late harvest that started on the 26th of August. It's a good year for dry wines, as the grapes didn't suffer the summer heat like in other occasions, and the grapes ripened slowly, developing full aromas and flavors. It has character and is more herbal (nettles, recently cut grass) than floral, more fruit-driven, juicy and tasty, with moderate acidity. It has a different personality. This was bottled unoaked. 8,011 bottles were filled in May 2019.
Drink 2021 - 2025
Luis Gutiérrez, Wine Advocate (Aug 2021)
About this WINE
Telmo Rodriguez is one of the great Spanish winemakers. He travelled and learnt for many years before returning home to Rioja. In addition, he supervises négociant projects throughout Spain. One of his most acclaimed projects is in Ribera del Duero.
The charismatic Telmo has something of the prodigal about him, having now returned to his Riojan homestead to energise the great house of Remelluri. One should not overlook, however, his other properties, which explore some of the lesser-known areas of Spain and in each case seek to make superlative and characterful wines. Ribera del Duero is far from a lesser-known area, so it is to Telmo’s great credit, but to no-one’s surprise, that the wines he makes at Matallana are amongst the very best here too.