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Pepe Mendoza Casa Agricola Pureza 2018


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  • Pureza, meaning purity
  • Raised in amphora
  • Pepe Mendoza is a true craftsman of Alicante DO

“Based on coastal ‘Tierras de la Marina’ parcelas Pla de Lliber and Benimei. It’s macerated for 6 days on skins, then fermented with stems and skins in anfora of 220-300 litres (local clay made by Juan Padilla). After pressing, it returns to anfora 6 months, then is bottled direct, neither fined nor filtered.  White wine with a red wine soul, it’s as far from potpourri Moscatel as one can get! The name?: PURITY!
With a heady jasmine scent, nuanced with menthol, the nose is skinsy, spicy, oily and layered. There’s dried rose petal, preserved lemon, cardamom-curry, fermented lime skin and a touch of the ‘choke’ of artichoke (serving suggestion!). The clay buzz of the anfora meets the brine buzz of the Mediterranean. Short of mid-weight but deeply textured, expansive, savoury-salty, skinsy, delicate and open. OMFG.” – Importer’s note