Enrique Mendoza Chardonnay 2011
The Bodega was created in 1989, but work on the project started at the end of the 70s, when Enrique Mendoza started buying bottles and investing into other bodegas. He then started planting his fist vines (only 100) out of which he made his first wine barrel for his own consumption. He then planted another 2000 vines of different varieties. Naturally, this amount of wine became too much for his own consumption but not enough to start a proper business. The logical progression was to plant yet more vines. To do so, the Mendoza family decided to move from Alfax to Villena and to plant 120,000 vines. As a consequence, Enrique Mendoza has vineyards in two parts of Alicante: Alfaz del Pi (5ha) and Villena (80ha). This is a wine with great fruit intensity and aromas reminiscent of pineapple and citrus fruit. On the palate, it is fresh with a good acidity and creamy, buttery flavours, a hint of spice and a long fruity finish.