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2013 Mountain Blanco, Telmo Rodríguez, Sierras de Málaga, Spain

2013 Mountain Blanco, Telmo Rodríguez, Sierras de Málaga, Spain

White | Drink now | Telmo Rodriguez | Code:  35815 | 2013 | Spain > Malaga | Moscatel | Medium-Full Bodied, Dry | 13.0 % alcohol

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91/100

WA - 2013 is the latest harvest they have known in Mlaga (they've been there since 1995 and the first commercial vintage was 1998). The 2013 Mountain is a dry Moscatel de Alejandra from purchased grapes grown at 550 to 1,000 meters altitude following lutte raisonn methods. The wine fermented in stainless steel and matured for nine months before bottling. The nose of this 2013 is very different. It doesn't yet have the aromas of the Moscatel (as I tasted the 2012 I saw that the wine needs time in bottle to get complexity), which will develop in bottle, so you have to guide your tasting from the sensations in the palate. This feels fresh and Atlantic (a contradiction in terms as you can see Africa from these vineyards) and extremely balsamic with notes hinting of camphor and piercing aniseed that is very focused. With time in the glass, it develops aromas of Gruner Veltliner. The palate is quite sharp and right now is not terribly complex; it is primary and a little closed. Of course, you could drink it now, but if you can wait a little you will be rewarded. Experiment with oysters or Thai/Indian food (given that it's not burning spicy). 2013 produced 19,000 bottles.
Luis Gutirrez - 28/02/2015

The Producer

Telmo Rodriguez

Telmo Rodriguez

Telmo Rodriguez is one of the greatest of Spanish winemakers. In a fashion not dissimilar to Alavaro Palacios, Telmo travelled and learnt for many years before returning home to Rioja, where he has improved yet further the quality of a wine that was already outstanding. 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, of course, far from a lesser-known area, so it is to Telmo’s great credit, but to no–one’s particular surprise, that the wines he makes at Matallana are amongst the very best here too.

The Grape

Moscatel

Moscatel

The Region

Malaga

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