12 bottle case
The grapes are from 40-80 year old vines from a selection of independently-owned plots, found close to the winery, at 480-600m amsl. – an altitude suitable for optimum ripening of grapes.
Made from 100% Mencia grapes. Alcoholic fermentation - using indigenous yeast - is in temperature-controlled stainless-steel tanks, with regular pumpovers, while malolactic fermentation occurs in barrel. Aged 12 months in French oak barrels; second- and third-passage – Vosges and Allier – of different sizes (228litre, 300litre, and 500litre.) Fining with natural mineral- and vegetable-based agents and bottled unfiltered. 14.5% alc./vol.
Tasting note: Deep/bright, ruby/cherry colour. Aromas and flavours of dark, red fruits - plum, blackberry, and cherry - with floral/herbal notes of vanilla spice, cocoa, and anise. Full, with fine/round tannins, balanced acidity, and an elegant/silky finish.
Menu matches: Grilled and roasted meat dishes (lamb), rice dishes, and earthier vegetarian options.
Third-party scores: 92 pts James Suckling