2020 Telmo Rodriguez Pegaso Zeta

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Type of Wine Red
Country Spain
Region Castilla y Leon
Appellation Sierra de Gredos
Winery Telmo Rodriguez
Vintage 2020
Grape Garnacha Grenache
Content (Alc) 0.75 ltr (14%)
Drink window 2022 - 2026
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The Telmo Rodriguez Pegaso Zeta comes from old, organic vineyards planted on granite and shale soils. It gives a very refined and accessible expression of the terroir of the Sierra de Gredos. The wine has a deep, ruby red color, in the nose red fruit, blackberries, and orange zest. Soft in the mouth, refined with ripe tannins and mild acidity. Beautiful long, mineral finish. No added yeasts have been used and the wine has matured for 6 months in 500 liter casks of mixed origin and age and also 6 months in stainless steel cuves. Like all wines from Telmo, this wine is also produced organically, so no artificial fertilizers and poison.

Winemaker Telmo Rodríguez is a phenomenon within the Spanish wine world. He studied at the University of Bordeaux and later in the Rhône with the famous August Clape. He was the winemaker of La Granja Senora De Remelluri, his father's bodega in Rioja. He left there to make what some call his own wines in various regions of Spain. Telmo lives in Madrid and drives by car to the various projects where he makes wine. In a short time his wines have found a place on the international playing field. One example: in Tom Stevenson's Wine Report, Telmo is already included in the top 10 producers from Spain. A characteristic of Telmo is that it chooses indigenous grape varieties, which are also pruned in an indigenous way. This means that it only works with 'bush vines' or vines that are not guided along wires, but grow as independent shrubs. The bushes are also further apart than with wire guidance. This has two advantages in warm Spain: every shrub finds sufficient moisture, even in dry vintages, and the clusters hang in the shade of their own leaves, so that they are less 'stewed'. Telmo likes to work with old canes, so that the roots are deep to find moisture. It also benefits the quality of the grapes. Old sticks give a lower yield, but are of high quality and complexity. Although not formally certified, Telmo works organically: it does not use artificial fertilizers or insecticides/pesticides.

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Winemaker Telmo Rodriguez is labeled as one of the young lions of the Spanish wine industry. He studied at the University of Bordeaux and later in the Rhône with the famous August Clape. He was the winemaker of La Granja Senora De Remelluri, his father's bodega in Rioja. He left there to become what some would call a flying winemaker. However, Telmo prefers to call itself a 'driving winemaker'. he lives in Madrid and drives his car to the areas where he makes wine. In a short time his wines have found a place on the international playing field. One example: in Tom Stevenson's Wine Report 2008, Telmo is included among the top 10 producers from Spain. We once again spoke extensively with Telmo Rodriguez. That is always a pleasure. If you sit down with him you always learn something or he gives food for thought. What makes this 'conscience of the Spanish wine world' so special? When Telmo completed his studies in Bordeaux and then had internships with people like Chave (Hermitage), Clape (Cornas) and Dürrbach (Trévallon) he came back to Spain. There he saw other Spaniards who had studied in France bringing French grape varieties and customs to Spain. For example, there was more and more wire guidance, while the Spanish system had always been free-standing sticks. Telmo concluded that he wanted to focus on the old qualities of Spain such as freestanding sticks, indigenous grape varieties and field blends. In addition, he was the first in Spain to introduce modern labels and he opposes the rigid Spanish wine laws.

Free standing sticks
Spain used to be a country of bush vines: the sticks were so far apart per area and per vineyard that they could each get enough water. If you place your sticks far apart with wire articulation, the stick will grow far and become much too large. With wire articulation, you therefore need many more sticks per hectare. However, the problem is that there is not enough water for this and you therefore have to irrigate, in areas that often already suffer from a shortage of water. In addition, the grapes hang more in the shade with free-standing sticks, which gives less chance of 'burning' and leads to less stewed fruit and fresher acids. The only downside to free-standing canes is that more manual work is involved in vineyard management and harvesting. Telmo works almost exclusively with bush vines.

Native grape varieties
It was clear to Telmo that there are so many good indigenous varieties in Spain that importing 'the big five' (Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Merlot, Cabernet and Syrah) from France was not necessary at all. He was one of the first to produce good Rueda from Verdejo and Viura, he embraced Mencia and Godello in Valdeorras, Monastrell in Alicante, Moscatel in Malaga, Garnacha in Cebreros…. In the mid-1990s he was still considered crazy with this philosophy, but now everyone is following him.

Field blends
There used to be many vineyards in Spain with various grape varieties mixed together, also called 'field blends'. It is often argued against field blends that the varieties (that are picked together) are not all ripe at the same time. It speaks for the fact that diversity and disease resistance increase and that it promotes complexity. Telmo now has two vineyards with field blends in production. In Rioja he makes it Las Beatas (named after the vineyard, first vintage awarded with 97 points by Parker) and in Valdeorras Las Caborcas. Beautiful, original wines!

Spanish wine laws
Telmo was the first to remove the word Reserva from a Rioja in 1995. In his words: 'I ask my wines how long they want to stay in the wood'. One year grapes can easily handle a 12-month aging in wood, but not in another year. There was consternation about Las Beatas: the Consecho initially did not want to approve the wine made with a field blend as Rioja… while there was a time when all Rioja was made that way! Consecho did not push this to the extreme and ultimately fortunate for them, given the enormously high international appreciation.

More Information
Type of Wine Red
Country Spain
Region Castilla y Leon
Appellation Sierra de Gredos
Winery Telmo Rodriguez
Grape Garnacha, Grenache
Biological certified No
Natural wine No
Vegan No
Vintage 2020
Drinking as of 2022
Drinking till 2026
Alcohol % 14
Alcohol free/low No
Content 0.75 ltr
Oak aging Yes
Sparkling No
Dessert wine No
Closure Cork
Promotion Tier Price
Tasting Profiles Rustic, Dry, Aged on wood, Powerful, Spicy, Round, Red fruit, Tannines, Full
Drink moments Barbecue, Lekker luxe, Met vrienden, Open haard, Romantisch
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