Telmo Rodriguez is widely recognized one of Spain’s most talented and prolific winemakers. A proud student and proponent of Spain’s viticultural history, he is leading a revival that focuses on planting indigenous varietals and rediscovering forgotten regions of superior terroir. Telmo studied viticulture and oenology at the University of Bordeaux and was the winemaker at Remelluri, his family winery in Rioja, before setting off on his own in 1990. He spends most of his time and efforts in the vineyards – he farms biodynamically, he trellises his vines using the traditional bush method and only uses massale selections to replant. Telmo understands that most people will be introduced to him through his baseline cuvees, therefore he puts as much attention into his everyday wines as he does his rare and limited bottlings.
|Wine maker notes
|From the remote countryside of Galicia comes this ambitious new release from Telmo Rodriguez. As Caborcas is a wine based on old-vine Mencia made from a special single vineyard site in Valdeorras. Afer ten years of closely studying the vineyards along the Bibei river, Telmo and his partner, Pablo Eguzkiza, were able to acquire a few exceptional bush-vine parcels high up on the slopes. The parcels are traditional field blend and also include small quantities of native varieties Merenzao, Souson, Garnacha, Godello and Brencellao.
The As Caborcas vineyard covers 6 acres and is situated 2000 feet above the slopes of the Bibei river, with vines that range from 50 to 70 years of age. The vines grow on steep terraces developed primarily from granite, with low fertility and low water retention capacity. All vines are trained in the traditional bush vine method.
Grapes are 100% hand-picked and fermented on native yeasts in a combination of stainless steel and wooden tanks. The wine is aged for 12 months in large foudres in order to preserve the fresh, bright character of the fruit. A total of 1,700 bottles were produced, each one numbered by hand and sealed with a wax capsule.