the spanish aquisition

Monastrell, Moristel and Mediterranean Red Wines

Known to us as either Mourvedre or Mataro, Monastrell is native to the south-east of Spain, in regions like Alicante, Jumilla and Yecla. Old plantings on poor-soiled slopes feature the meat, tar, berry, floral and muscular tannins we know from Mourvedre both here and in France. It is rather a more successful straight varietal on home turf, however - often showing plentiful red/black berry juiciness which the variety rarely achieves elsewhere.

La Purisima, D.O. Yecla

La Purisima is a sort of 'post-modern' co-op, doing some really sensational 'estate-style' wines from the township of Yecla, which gives its name to the denominacion de origen, D.O. Yecla.

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Enrique Mendoza, D.O. Alicante

D.O. Alicante encompasses 37,000 acres divided into two sub-regions in Alicante province: there is a coastal strip, right on the Mediterranean, the best product of which is Moscatel del Mar. The Monastrell part is inland an hour or so. This part of Alicante is high altitude (up to 1000m), very dry poor soils, hot by day, freezing by night – extreme viticulture and perfectly suited to Monastrell. Along with adjacent Yecla (and to an extent the lesser Jumilla further inland), this is the home of the variety, from which it spread around the Mediterranean and into France.

Enrique Mendoza is the family patriarch’s name, the winemaker is Pepe Mendoza and the business is run by his brother Julian. Bodegas Enrique Mendoza produce Moscatels del Mar as well as Monastrell, but is in fact most concerned with growing French varieties in Spain.

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Telmo Rodriguez, D.O. Alicante

Alicante is an old Mediterranean vineyard area, composed of long, flat structured terraces with a marine influence, and is possibly the point of origin of Monastrell, one of the most important Spanish varieties. Historically, Alicante was a prime Mediterranean harbour and as such had an important influence on the wine industry.

Telmo Rodriguez's aim of setting up in Alicante was to create a wine based exclusively on Monastrell: "We must not forget that a wine that is commercial, in the best sense, can also reflect what is best about the region".

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Primitivo Quiles, D.O. Alicante

Primitivo Quiles

Primitivo Quiles as a bodega and as a family (Quiles) have been involved with wine in region since 1780. The bodega, based in Monóvar is the oldest bodega in Alicante, and quite possibly in all of Valencia.

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4 Kilos Vinícola, Vino de la tierra de Mallorca

4 Kilos

Mallorcan native, Francesc Grimalt and Barcelona boy Sergio Caballero are the owners of the 4 Kilos project. The business name, Apol.Lonia Viticultors, is named for Francesc's mother, but the name under which they travel, 4 Kilos, is rather more fun. A Kilo is old Spanish slang for a million pesetas (in today's money about 6,000 Euros). Francesc and Sergio started the business by chipping in 2 Kilos each, for 4 Kilos in total. This makes for a shoe-string budget operation entirely compatible with The Spanish Acquisition. But we're a perfect fit in many other ways too ...

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Celler del Roure, D.O. Valencia

Cellar del Roure

Established in 1996, Cellar del Roure's sandy-loam vineyards are at 600 metres altitude, nestled under Sierra La Solana. The nearest town, Moixent, is an hour or so south-west inland from Valencia This hilly sub-zone of DO Valencia takes its name from nearby town Fontanars dels Alfarins. South on across the mountains is the north-western reach of DO Alicante, where lie Pepe Mendoza's vineyards in Entrena.

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Bodegas Pirineos, D.O. Somontano

Bodega Pirineos is part of DO Somontano in Huesca province, and is located in Barbastro, en-route to the medieval town of Alquezar.

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Barbadillo, VdlT Cadiz

Barbadillo are a largish (relatively speaking) producer of Manzanilla appellation sherries in Sanlúcar de Barremeda (house founded in 1821). Of late, they have ventured into some interesting table wine productions, both in the Sherry Triangle, and also further afield (see in particular, their Somontano project, Bodegas Pirineos. For TSA's purposes, the interest lies in their work with local Jerez red variety, Tintilla de Rota, grown in the blazing chalky Albariza soils of namesake village, Rota, south of Sanlúcar.

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