Wine Of The Week: Telmo Rodriguez | November 28, 2018

wine of the week | Telmo Rodriguez
  

Telmo Rodriguez has forever been a star in our portfolio. He is a global innovator who has changed the landscape in Spain through his ceaseless pursuit of native grapes, biodynamics and precise winemaking. More than that, he has reinvigorated some of the countries best, forgotten vineyards. None are as dramatic as his revival of the once abandoned vineyards of Sierra de Gredos, which we offer today.

On a recent visit, we were blown away by this region that none of us had heard of and it is no-surprise; these rugged steep-sloped, old vines are in the middle of nowhere. After piling into four-by-fours and driving for hours on paved and then dirt roads, a winery appeared. We had reached Cebreros, perhaps the most ambitious project yet.

Traditionally Cebreros is a stop-over, a point that separates north from south. It was once the centre of the country’s glass production and became viticulturally important in the 19th century before the steep hills were abandoned for easier slopes. Telmo discovered the region in 1999 during a trip following the traditional Cañada Real route. He was struck by the stunning landscape, but most interested in the old Grenache vines. When he looked further, he found extraordinary vineyards growing wild without winemaker, oenologist or engineer: an orphan. It was then that the adventure began.

Unlike his other projects in Ribera del Duero, Rioja and Valdeorras, Telmo built Cebreros from the ground up: a highway stop en route to Madrid to an internationally recognized category. He spent time figuring these wines out, holding their release until they were ready and singing. What we offer now represents a pure expression of this extreme and distinctive place. From the slate soils of this rugged and breathtaking project we offer the 100% Garnacha Pegaso line: two single vineyards and the newly released Zeta blend. These offer incredible value for some of the most special wine we have ever had the pleasure to see and taste.

More on each project below

 

2011 Pegaso Pizarra
$59.99/bottle | 6 packs

The original slope that Telmo discovered almost twenty years ago. Metamorphic and slate soils. 950-1200 m altitude. Complex, direct and profound. Organic, very old bush-vines, hand harvested in small boxes. Fermentation with native yeast, 24-30 months in 500 L French oak. 

 

2011 Pegaso Granito
$59.99/bottle | 6 packs

Shallow soils of magmatic origin. 800-900 m in altitude. More accessible right away than the Pizarro with more supple fruit and silky, delicate tannin. Organic, very old bush-vines, hand-harvested in small boxes. Fermentation with native yeast, 18-24 months in 600 L French oak.

93 points, Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate “It has notes of ripe wild berries, some spiciness, aromas of Mediterranean aromatic herbs (fennel, aniseed) and hints of autumn forest, quite subtle and balanced. The palate shows good balance too, ripe without excess, with unnoticeable oak and very fine tannins, quite supple and tasty. The better balance and freshness seems to also make it sturdier, and the glass of wine left for hours seemed to develop as a slower pace too, which might indicate a longer life in bottle. 3, 936 bottles produced”  

 

2015 Pegaso Zeta
$30.99/bottle | 12 packs

The power of Cebreros at weekday prices. The most immediately pleasant, delicate and accessible wine of the Sierra del Gredos. Old organic Garnacha vineyards owned by Telmo and neighbours with long-term contracts. Slate and granite soils blended to give depth and character. Old bushvines, hand-harvested, native yeast, 6 months ageing in French oak of different sizes followed by 6 months of ageing in stainless steel.

To order, please call our office at 416-440-4101. Shipping available for Ontario residents only (Sorry!)