Special Offer - The New Spain

by Hugh French | Mar 26, 2019


The New Spain



Last week we delved into 'The New Spain' with Iberian wine expert Scott Wasley at our inaugural Spanish Wine Masterclass. It was a fantastic night of incredible wines that detailed the changing of the guard in Spanish winemaking where a focus on native grapes, terroir and quality has returned.
Pouring on the night were the Mencia of Telmo Rodriguez, Rioja from Alegre y Valgañon, Sinodo and Remelluri, and the elegant Monastrell of Enrique Mendoza, all of which we thought were so exceptional we had to offer them to all of you.

All wines below are available now at our special offer prices for the next 7 days only. To place your order simply click the links below or return the attached form, by email, by fax on 03 9419 6970 or call us on 03 9419 6990.



Telmo Rodriguez



Telmo Rodriguez and his partner Pablo Eguzkiza are wine-cultural historians. They contend that when you drink (and by extension, plant and grow grapes, make and mature wines), you choose and make a place; establishing its ecology, its landscape, its political economy and its lived history. You interpret, transform, confirm a certain way of things. Their intention is to interpret and confirm Valdeorras on a human, rather than industrial scale. The wines are delicate, pure, hand-made. “This is the anti-winemaking”, they proclaim.
Scott Wasley, The Spanish Acquisition

2015 'As Caborcas' Single Vineyard Mencia
Usually $129 - Special Offer Price $119

I found the 2015 As Caborcas to be very aromatic and expressive, reminiscent of a cool year, but 2015 was a warmer year and the wines have good volume, and the reds are unctuous, within the character of Galicia. It gains complexity with time in the glass, and it mixed wild flowers, herbs and spices, with an herbal twist and an earthy touch. The palate is super tasty and expressive, with an extroverted personality, unlike other vintages when it seemed to need time in the glass. This is a showy and accessible vintage of As Caborcas that combines power with elegance, concentration and finesse.
Luis Gutierrez, The Wine Advocate - 96 Points

2015 'O Diviso' Single Vineyard Mencia
Usually $129 - Special Offer Price $119

Ethereal nose of flowers that you normally only smell in a dream. The super fine, filigree tannins give it a weightless feel on the palate. Then comes the silkiness of the almost endless finish. Drink whenever you want through 2035. Made from ancient vines that are a mencia-dominated field blend.
James Suckling, - 98 Points

2015 'Falcoeira' Single Vineyard Mencia
Usually $129 - Special Offer Price $119

Deep black-cherry nose with a thousand floral and spicy nuances. Stunning concentration and very elegant, dry tannins within a very slim silhouette. Super long and breathtakingly delicate finish. Made from a mencía dominated field blend. Drink or hold, and this has decades of potential.
James Suckling, - 97 Points



Alegre y Valgañon



Unless I miss my mark, the wines of Oscar Alegre and Eva Valgañon will soon be cult stars of the Riojan firmament. But, you’ll see no ‘heroic’ winemaking from these two. You’ll not be moved to wonder which expensive oak barrels you are tasting, nor ponder the proportion of whole bunches configuring their wines. Alegre y Valgañon are far too real for such stuff. Utterly informed by the deep history of Rioja (that which came before the Reserva-etcetera industrial wines too often described as “traditional Rioja”), husband-and-wife Oscar and Eva make gentle, natural wines expressing the earth and air in their sector of Rioja. These are wonderful, characterful wines, and inexpensive. Oscar says, “industrialism in Rioja constituted a second phylloxera”, whereby the success of Industrial Rioja as a brand has recreated an anonymous Rioja. He sketches a horror vision: “imagine going to a Burgundy where there are no village and vineyard appellations, where there is just ‘Burgundy’!” Oscar and Eva want to “re-establish the taste of the villages”, to make wines on a personal scale, rather than the giant version of Rioja as administered by the Consejo Regulador, for whom Rioja’s 400 million kilos means “the lottery comes every year”!
Scott Wasley, The Spanish Acquisition

2016 Tinto
Usually $45 - Special Offer Price $40

Vivid ruby-red. Suave, mineral- and spice-accented aromas of ripe red fruits and candied flowers, along with a subtle touch of cured tobacco. Appealingly sweet and energetic in the mouth, showing seamless texture and sharply delineated raspberry, cherry and floral pastille flavors and a hint of baking spices. Finishes bright, silky and quite long, with fine-grained tannins framing the wine's lingering fruit.
Josh Raynolds, - 91 Points

2016 'Cardenas' Single Vineyard Garnacha
Usually $100 - Special Offer Price $90

Produced with Garnacha from a centenary vineyard in Cárdenas on red stony soils at 650 meters in altitude, the 2016 Garnacha fermented in an oak cask and was transferred to two 500-liter oak barrels for malolactic and aging. It's a ripe but fresh Garnacha with textbook cherries-in-liqueur aromas, Mediterranean herbs and some spices. The oak is unnoticeable, perfectly folded into the wine. The palate is round, lush, powerful, mineral, expressive and complex.
Luis Gutierrez, The Wine Advocate - 92 Points

2016 'La Calleja' Single Vineyard Tempranillo
Usually $105 - Special Offer Price $95

Fruity-floral with violets, a fresh, mineral acidity and lovely texture, La Calleja is a genuine ‘voice’ distinct from the me-too choir of industrial-process Rioja.Effectively the flagship, La Calleja was first made in 2010, went missing in 2011 and 2012, not made in 2013, and both 2014 and 2015 have been held back. The release of 2016 is much anticipated.
The Spanish Acquisition

2016 'Bahierra' Single Vineyard Field Blend
Usually $135 - Special Offer Price $125

Their first single-vineyard red, the 2016 Bahierra, comes from an extremely old plot in Fonzaleche close to Sajazarra on sandstone soils planted to a field blend of mainly Tempranillo with other reds and even whites (5% to 10%). This is a very special vineyard for them. It's subtle and reticent. They used some stems for the fermentation in open-top, 500-liter oak barrels, with foot treading and natural yeasts. The wine matured in two 500-liter barrels, where it underwent malolactic and some 14 months of élevage. It's juicy and chewy, powerful and very tasty.
Luis Gutierrez, The Wine Advocate - 93 Points






Sinodo is made up of Roberto, Juan Antonio and Gorka, three oenologists and viticulturists from Rioja, who in 2014 decided to start a small project parallel to their main activity in other companies in the sector.The friendship comes from the time they met and formed together in the Degree in Oenology at the University of La Rioja, and even then we dreamed of being able to make our own wines together. Our goal is to produce unique wines from vineyards of our families with the utmost respect for their terroir and the concept of harvester and their traditional winery.For this we want to personally pamper the grapes and be totally in touch with the process in the winery from the harvest to the commercialization of the wine, something that is complicated at higher scales. We firmly believe that this is the way to produce wines of the highest quality, as well as a way to value the old vineyards and the traditional wineries of Rioja, a unique heritage that we cannot allow to disappear.
Sinodo Vitivinicola

2016 Raposeras
Usually $135 - Special Offer Price $125

Fine, inky-anisey, a dark blue-smelling wine- a bit like smelling a whole blackberry bush when in flower, there's a dense small blue flower lilt followed by a sparkle of minerals. Delicate and radiating from fine oak with a touch of spice. Open and round, delicately threaded. No sense of extraction so much as just ‘being’, no heft or stick anywhere. Fine and pretty without sweetness. Sneaky-long.
The Spanish Acquisition

2012 Los Tollos
Usually $135 - Special Offer Price $125

A plush and attractive version of 4 square. Deep, brilliant red cherry. The nose is a complex mix of wild red berries, mineral, smoky flavours and cocoa. The mouth is fresh and structured with natural concentration and reminiscences of the terroir.
The Spanish Acquisition



Bodegas Remelluri



Owned by the family of Telmo Rodriguez, and since the retirement of Jaime Rodriguez in 2010, run on behalf of the family by Telmo and his sister Amaia. This property released the first genuine estate wines of la Rioja: owned, grown, made and bottled on a single property. Organic and never subjected to herbicide, Remelluri is in conversion to biodynamics, and increasingly planted to field blends of its own genetic cultivars.If la Rioja is one of wine’s most beautiful places, equally Remelluri is Rioja at its most beautiful.
Scott Wasley, The Spanish Acquisition

2010 Gran Reserva
Usually $199 - Special Offer Price $175

Deep bright-rimmed ruby. A heady, expansive bouquet evokes fresh, mineral-accented red berries, cherry liqueur, vanilla and cedary oak, and a sexy floral nuance emerges with air. Silky and seamless on the palate, offering alluringly sweet, concentrated raspberry, cherry-vanilla, spice cake and floral pastille flavors that are given spine and focus by a core of juicy acidity. Rich yet energetic in style, displaying wonderful finishing clarity, fine-grained tannins and outstanding, floral-dominated persistence.
Josh Raynolds, - 95 Points



Enrique Mendoza



For the past 20 years, Pepe Mendoza has headed a project founded by and named after his father, Enrique. The bodega is located on the coast in Alfaz del Pi, roughly halfway between the major cities of Valencia and Alicante. On the saline soils near the coast, some Moscatel is grown, but most of their action is in red wine, which is grown 100 winding kilometres inland near the village of Villena.The Mendozas, firstly Enrique and more-so Pepe, have spent 30 years de-vigouring the local Monastrell and replenishing its prestige. Once cropped at 4kg/bush vine, and now at an eighth of that, Monastrell suffered a cultural cringe identity crisis, whereby the naturally adapted local variety was viewed as rustic and inferior, whereas French grapes were identified with ‘quality’. Better viticulture, capital and confidence (and a lot of hard work) has set the fix.
Scott Wasley, The Spanish Acquisition

2016 'La Tremenda' Single Vineyard Monastrell
Usually $32 - Special Offer Price $27

Their entry-level Monastrell is already the 2016 La Tremenda is sourced from the vineyard that names the wine, from their estate El Chaconero in the village of Villena, a plot at 600 meters altitude planted some 25 years ago. It fermented in stainless steel and matured in French barriques for six months. 2016 is a cooler year than 2014 or 2015, and the wines reflect it. It was not an easy year; they had to do a strict selection of grapes, and it paid off. It has the character of the variety, with its elegant rusticity with a fresh, herbal twist and a palate with fine-grained tannins, nicely textured and with a supple, very tasty finish. This is a superb introduction to Monastrell from Alicante at an incredible price.
Luis Gutierrez, The Wine Advocate - 92 Points

2016 'Estrecho' Single Vineyard Monastrell
Usually $105 - Special Offer Price $95

Balsamic, with date, plum, fig, mature woods, pippy-glazed fruits with red spice lifting slowly out of a deep sense of earth. Savoury leather, earth, wood and tannin structure drive the show, mingle and release into a sweet, fresh acid finish. Dark lozenge fruit is marked by shrubby bosque branches, tobacco and anise. With nice volume, it’s round with mineral vitality and has very good movement in the mouth. There’s subtle spice in gentle tannin/acid framed by mature pips and stems, finishing perfumed, fresh with laurel-herb-balsalm.
The Spanish Acquisition

2016 'Las Quebradas' Single Vineyard Monastrell
Usually $105 - Special Offer Price $95

Gamier, sweeter and rounder than Estrecho, tannins a little more upright and tense, with the vineyard’s chalkiness entirely configuring the long, lean tannin profile. The juice carries beautifully, flowing long and languorous at the back over the tannin squareness. Sweet pippy acidity dances the tannin off, opening and releasing the wine. It’s squarer and more structured than Estrecho but neither heavy nor closed.
The Spanish Acquisition



All wines are available now at our special offer prices for the next 7 days only. To place your order simply click the links above or return the attached form, by email, by fax on 03 9419 6970 or call us on 03 9419 6990.



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