Enrique Mendoza La Tremenda Blanco 2016 is a stunning blend of the attractive indigenous grape Merseguera and Chardonnay. Aromas of greengage, pears and apples with honey hints and distinctive minerality. Pear and melon fruit predominate with slight buttery notes which are nicely balanced by a light citrus uplift in the long finish. Overall, a dry, crisp wine with good depth of flavours, great texture and mouthfeel which make it a good food wine at a lower abv than many other Spanish Whites at 12%abv.
This is a great find from the lesser known DO Alicante. This wine takes its name from the vineyard where it is grown on the Finca Chaconero Estate in Villena, North of Alicante; the grapes from the 27 year-old vines are harvested by hand. It is fermented in small stainless steel tanks and kept on its lees until bottling.
José (Pepe) Mendoza now runs the family-run vineyads and Bodega with his brother Julian. He is passionate about his vineyards, as he says “the best wine is in the best vineyard”. His “Finca Chaconero” vineyards are in the hills near Villena about an hour north of Alicante, where cooling breezes and lower night time temperatures, assist the development of the vines. He uses organic principles; no herbicides or insecticides are used and careful pruning and care of the vines produces fresh, concentrated, high-quality grapes.
Pepe is modest about his winemaking skills, saying that the “finishing touches” are made in their underground winery in Alfaz de Pí in Alicante. This is where the wines are crafted and then aged in controlled temperatures and humidity; the result is world-class wines from this lesser known DO.
Food Match: Shellfish, grilled fish, grilled light meats and chicken, cheeses and salads