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Telmo Rodriguez 'Al-Muvedre' Alicante 2022

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Monastrell Collection by Philglas & Swiggot

  • Size: 750ml
  • Vintage: 2022
  • ABV: 14%
  • Origin: Alicante/Spain
  • Grapes: Monastrell


Telmo Rodríguez, and his business partner Pablo Eguzkia, established the Al-Muvedre project in 2001 after an eye-opening trip to Alicante. Here, they discovered a treasure trove of overlooked old vines and a rich viticultural history.

This ancient wine-growing region was once best known for its sweet wines. During the 16th Century, Alicante’s ‘rancio’ wines rivalled the finest sherries and ports, while in the 19th Century, its vineyards initially avoided the decimation of phylloxera. As a result, Alicante thrived during a period when many European wines were in severe decline. However, as phylloxera eventually arrived and sweet wines went out of fashion, the golden age of Alicante wines came to a swift end

Despite this decline, the region has remained home to a wealth of exceptional old vine Monastrell. Also known as Mourvèdre, Monastrell thrives in Mediterranean climates and finds a natural home in Alicante's rugged, mountainous landscape. Before Telmo and Pablo’s initial trip, the president of the International Wine Academy, Dr Parce, told them that the best Mourvèdre he had drank in his life was from Alicante. The duo quickly understood why, becoming enamoured with the Monastrell vines they found flourishing in the region. Planted on poor, calcareous soils comprised of sandy loam with heat-retaining pebbles on their surface, these low-yielding vines produce deeply flavoured wines with a distinctive sense of place. The Al-Muvedre project seeks to reflect this. Producing just one exceptional Monastrell, in the words of Telmo and Pablo, “Al-Muvedre represents the spirit of the Mediterranean.”

The Al-Muvedre Monastrell is sourced from organic vineyards in the village of Villena, planted on chalky limestone soils between 500 and 700 meters above sea level. The grapes were harvested by hand and fermented with indigenous yeasts in stainless steel tanks, where the resulting wine ages for several months before bottling. The resulting wine is fragrant and expressive, with notes of ripe bramble fruit, wild garrigue herbs and a spicey, soft finish.