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Enrique Mendoza La Tremenda Monastrell D.O 2008

Vintage: 2008

Country: Spain

Region: Alicante  


Overview: What do Monastrell, Mourvedre and Mataro all have in common? Well they’re all the same variety only named differently. The variety is believed to originate from Spain where it is named Monastrell or Mataro. In France it is grown in the Rhone Valley, Languedoc and Roussilon where it is known as Mourvedre or Mataro. And what do we call it in Australia? Whatever we damn well please. Around the world it is typically used as a blending variety, commonly blended with Grenache, Shiraz and Cinsault however when done right it makes a very impressive wine on its own. It typically displays characters of blackberry, cherry, pepper and leather but can also be very aromatic; its nose alone can sometimes be its greatest asset. While the saying goes ‘take time to smell the roses’ I’d much rather ‘smell the Monastrell’.

With a name which sounds like a Latin pop star and his number one hit song this wine perfectly captures what I love about Monastrell. So without further ado I present to you Enrique Mendoza performing La Tremenda Monastrell.

Tasting note:

            A nose of cherry, leather and pepper, very fresh for a 2008. The palate is awash with characters of strawberry, cherry, spice and pepper. The tannin structure is great in this wine, nice and chewy and lingers in the mouth.


Final Say: Probably the wankiest tasting note I’ve written yet, so how about we rename it my Ode to Monastrell. It’s a great wine to try if you love your fuller bodied reds but want to try something a bit different. It sells for around $30 a bottle.


Score: 17.5 out of 20 Freakin’ awesome. (88 out of 100)

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