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2018 Telmo Rodriguez MR Mountain Wine Moscatel (500ml)

Malaga, SPAIN
$59. 99 Bottle
$719.88 Dozen
ABV: 13.5%
Closure: Cork

Málaga Mountain Wines are a very nearly forgotten style, grown on very steep schist slopes at an altitude of 500-1000m. The Moscatel grapes (Muscat of Alexandria) are grown and harvested from incredibly old bush vines at optimum ripeness, without any rot. Once picked, the grapes are dried for one week on drying racks to become partially raisined, before being pressed to stainless tank for fermentation.

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2018 was the contrary of 2017, cooler, wet and with a very late cycle, and harvest staggered between end of August and mid October, which resulted in a fresher and more expressive 2018 MR with very good pH and acidity readings and 13.5% alcohol while retaining some 135 grams of sugar, similar parameters as the 2013. It had a spontaneous fermentation in small stainless steel vats until it stopped and was kept in stainless steel for 10 months before bottling. This is a lot more complete and complex than the 2017; it's balanced, which is very important, and it keeps the freshness, which is key in all wines but a lot more important in sweet wines. 9,536 half-liter bottles were filled in May 2019. Drink 2020 - 2025.
91+ Points
Luis Gutiérrez - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate (July 2020)