Enrique Mendoza Shiraz Crianza 2014
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Enrique Mendoza Shiraz Crianza 2014

Enrique Mendoza Shiraz Crianza 2014

Alicante Crianza Red Wine

by Enrique Mendoza
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The region of Alicante is located in Southeastern Spain, some 100 miles south of Valencia. Although many of the vineyards in the zone are within a few kilometres of the sea around the large city of Alicante, most of the parcels are futher inland. As with many other Spanish wine regions were cultivated here by the Romans after being planted originally by the Phoenicians. Now, the zone is cimprised of just over 15.000 hectares, about one fifth the size as it was pre-phyloxera.

Created in 1989, Bodegas Enrique Mendoza was established by the man of the same name in zone of Alicante some 70 kilometres from the city os Alicante. Now, Pepe Mrndoza, Enrique's son, has taken over the vinemaking responsabilities from his father and has become quite known for his use of newer varietals in the zone instead of the traditional Monastrell.

Alicante benefits from a Mediterranean climate, with warm days and nights during the summen months. However, parcels in the extreme western zones of the region are affected by a more continental climate, with hot dry winds. Rainfall is ver slow (200-300 liters/meter squared per year). The soil contains a high limestone content, with only small amounts of clay. As a result, it is not very fertile and yields are low. With careful, attention, this has led to some extraordinary result in the bottle.

Pepe Mendoza's credo is simply to put the vines under as much hydric stress as possible (he monitors moisture levels constantly) to ensure a very small grape. His goal is to keep the skin to flesh ratio quite small in order to produce higher quality for his bottlings. Most of the wines are aged in French oak (he prefers Allier barrels), although most are fermented first in tank. Macerations are long (up to 28 days) and varietals are vinified separately.

As with many of the parcels of Alicante, the vineyards of Enrique Mendoza lie at an average of 400 meters altitude, with some parcels over 600 meters. "New" varietals to the zone have been planted in recent years and the bodega is taking full advantage of theis potential. Cabernet Sauvignon grows quite well here and Merlot has been used quite effective with it to produce wines with great complexity of fruit and ageing potential.

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Enrique Mendoza Shiraz

This Shiraz is native to Ancient Persia, but was introduced to the Côte Du Rhone (France).

Varieties: Shiraz 100%.

Production and Ageing: This wine was fermented and soaked in stainless steel deposits at 25ºC and aged in new French Allier barrels for 11 months.

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   Size75 CL
   Region Produced inAlfaz del Pi - Alicante
   CaskFrench Oak
   Made with100% Shiraz
   Alcohol Content14%
   Reserve15 Months
   Tasting NotesColour: Cherry red with blue hues
Smell: Aromas from the grape (flowers, spices, toasted skins of the grape)
Flavour: Fruity tannins with smoky notes
   Product Dimensions30x7x7
   Storage InstructionsCool and dry conditions
   Manufacturer/ProducerEnrique Mendoza
   Country Produced inSpain
   1 Liter Proportion EUR15,66

This product was added to our catalog on Friday 28 November, 2014.
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