Telmo Rodriguez: Vineyard Restorer

Telmo Rodriguez is considered one of the pioneer winemakers in Spain. His love for native grape varietals and respect for heritage has led him to become a restorer of old vineyards— finding enclaves, understanding them, cultivating soils, planting native trees, while imagining how the best vine growers of the past would have done it. He and his team have attached great importance to the old vineyards that transformed to become the best over time.

To date, Telmo has revived 355 little plots (around 80 hectares in total) and worked with 43 different native grape varieties.

As advocates of authentic artisan creations, we would like to invite you to explore the fruits of his exciting journey.

LZ  (₱ 1,175)

One of Telmo Rodriguez' best value Tempranillos with notes of red currants and herbs. Good to drink on its own or with a nice pork loin. 

LZ is a wine fermented in small concrete tanks with select grapes from organic vineyards, as tribute to the 1920’s grape growers of the Lanziego village.
Varieties: Tempranillo, Graciano and Garnacha
Viticulture: Certified organic grapes from Lanziego, bush vines, manual harvest in boxes
Processing & Aging: Native yeasts, 6-7 months of aging in concrete tanks

Lanzaga (₱ 2,500)

Nuanced, expressive and elegant nose mixing flowers with wild berries, cured meat, and special minerals. Fresh and elegant and refined tannins on the palate. Recommended for red meats like pork, lamb, beef and veal.

Lanzaga is the purest expression of Telmo’s work in Lanciego, made only of the best grapes from organic vineyards. This wine brings together all the elements of his work, resulting in a rich and complex expression of the terroir—captured in a bottle that ages wonderfully.
Varieties: Tempranillo, Graciano, Garnacha
Viticulture: Organic, bush vines, manual harvest in boxes
Processing & Aging: Native yeasts, 14 months in fudres of 1500-2500 liters and 225 liters barrels

Corriente (₱ 1,410)

The nose emerges with aromas of ripe red plum, cassis, spicy raspberry, red currant, dried herbs, tobacco leaf and dried orange peel. It has wonderful balance and burst with intense ripe fruits and wild red berries on the palate, confirming the Rioja style. Best with Rioja-braised lamb with chorizo and garlic.

Corriente is a good everyday wine that pays tribute to a traditional wine classification. A simple and approachable wine that represents the region and its culture.
Varieties: Tempranillo, Graciano, Garnacha
Viticulture: Vineyards of traditional viticulture suppliers, bush vines, manual harvest in boxes
Processing & Aging: Native yeasts, in barrels and fudres of different age

Real Mill  (₱ 5,645)

The luscious wine from Malaga is made from Moscatle grapes that are dried under the sun to achieve a certain degree of sugar concentration. It's not overly fruity but has some slight herbaceous and balsamic notes with some bitter orange marmalade thrown in. This is good to drink with some sweet desserts or even spicy food (sugar balances the spice).

Real Mill came from 9 hectares of vineyards found on different elevations. On both sunny and the shaded spots, a single variety of Muscat of Alexandria takes advantage of the hot slate to ripen and dry under the sun, which increase its sugar concentration. 2½ kilos of grapes are oil-pressed to obtain a single liter of grape juice, which is then fermented for 20 months in low temperature.

MR  (₱ 1,890)

This wine has aromas of oranges and honey. There's a certain creaminess to it as well that is balanced off by some fresh acidity. Good to pair with baked goods or creamy cheeses.

MR is the gateway to the historic natural sweet wines of Malaga. A wine made of golden raisins from the old Cómpeta vineyards.
Variety: 100% Muscat of Alexandria
Viticulture: Vineyards of traditional viticulture suppliers, 100% bushvines, manual harvest in boxes
Processing & Aging: In small stainless steel tanks for 10 months, with indigenous yeasts and spontaneous stop of the fermentation.

Pegaso Pizarra (₱ 3,415)

This red wine with aromas of berries, herbs and mineral notes is lush, elegant and round on the palate. With notes of fruits and spices backed by a very good acidity, it pairs well with roasts, large game, stews and strong cheeses.

Pegaso Pizarra came from vineyards of metamorphic soils at high altitudes, which creates a different expression that’s both complex and profound.
Variety: 100% Garnacha
Viticulture: Traditional, organic, old bush vines, manual harvest in boxes
Processing & Aging: Native yeasts, 24-30 months in different French oak barrels of 500 and 400 liters.

Gago (₱ 2,000)

A wine of great concentration made of 100% Tinto de Toro grapes, this deep red wine has aromas of black and blueberries, smoke and sweet spices. Perfect with braised meats and grilled steaks.

Gago is Telmo’s most representative wine of Toro—combining the oldest vines from 8 families of vine growers to produce a pure and balanced wine.
Variety: Tinta de Toro, Albiño Mayor
Viticulture: From 21 of their best plots, exclusively bush vines, manual harvest in boxes
Processing & Aging: Fermented in wooden and stainless steel tanks for 14 months (80% in foudres, 20% in barrels).

Dehesa Gago (₱ 1,115)

This deep red wine has notes of dark cherry, smoke and black tea. Unwooded, this wine is not heavy nor overly fruity but just right. Elegant and wonderful to drink with a roast leg or rack of lamb.

Dehesa Gago is an honest representation of the viticulture and the vineyards of Spain's most continental wine appellation. This wine offers the greatest fluidity and freshness of this extreme place.
Variety: 100% Tinta de Toro
Viticulture: From 8 families of traditional vine growers, exclusively bush vines, manual harvest in boxes
Processing & Aging: Native yeasts, fermentation and aging for 6 months in stainless steel tanks.

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