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TypeRed wine
Region
Grapes
Producer
AllergensContains sulfites
Alcohol contenti14.5%

The wine

Estrecho Monastrell is one of the most exceptional wines the Enrique Mendoza winery produces in Alicante, made from Monastrell grapes growing in a single estate in Villena known as 'Estrecho de Pipa' with unique sandy soil characteristics.

Estrecho de Pipa is a traditional vineyard with 1,500 goblet-trained dry-farmed vines per hectare fertilized using organic compost made from sheep manure at the winery itself. Harvest time is usually at the beginning of September and is the result of a year of hard and careful work in the field without the use of herbicides or insecticides. Organically cultivated, the only treatments used on the vines involve sulphur, copper and biological methods in line with the winery's awareness of environmental concerns. The vinification process is designed to highlight the delicacy and elegance of the grape variety, without excessive extraction and with 16 months' ageing in 500-litre French oak barrels.

Estrecho Monastrell immediately reveals itself as a wine with soul, ready to be enjoyed immediately, but also suitable to keep for many years. A ruby-red colour with maroon glints on pouring, it is a clear, bright and lively wine. Aromas of plentiful fruit blend in perfectly with the wood in a balanced result. Clear and elegant hints of herbs, undergrowth, humus, damp earth, pines, rosemary, ripe red fruit and fig bread combine with the fine notes of smoke and cedar gained from ageing. It has a fine mouthfeel with sweet and grainy tannins while its freshness and acidity make it a lively wine and compensate for its alcoholic strength. Estrecho Monastrell is a splendidly long and unctuous wine, expressing the spirit of a sunny land and its people in a homage to the winemaking region of Alicante. 

Drinking and storing

Serve between 16ºC and 18ºC

Ratings and awards

202092 PK
201994 PK
201894+ PK17.5 JR94 SK
201795 PK
201694 PK
201595 PK
PK: ParkerJR: Jancis robinsonSK: Suckling

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Winemaking

Ageing period14 months
Type of woodFrench oak

Vineyards

ClimateMediterranean with continental influence

The winery

Enrique Mendoza Viticultor

Enrique Mendoza Viticultor

Enrique Mendoza started out in the world of wine in the 1970s when he planted about 2,000 Muscat vines in a plot near the coast in his hometown of Alfás del Pi (Alicante) following the winemaking tradition of the Marina Baixa region. Enrique's first wines were aimed at the local market and for bulk selling. After these beginnings he extended his properties, taking on the Finca Chaconero estate in Villena in 1989. Here he cultivates 80 hectares of vines ranging from international...

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