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. The vintage was difficult in El Bierzo with a late April frost affecting new buds, as well as a major hailstorm in May.
Typically made from 100% Mencia grapes, this vintage has a small amount (1-2%) of Doña Blanca in the blend. Alcoholic fermentation - using indigenous yeast - is in temperature-controlled stainless-steel tanks, with regular pumpovers, while malolactic fermentation occurs in barrel. Aged 10 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% alc./vol.
Tasting note: Deep/bright, ruby/cherry colour. Aromas and flavours of red fruits - plum, raspberry, and cherry - with notes of vanilla spice, cocoa, violets, and liquorice. Full, with fine/round tannins, balanced acidity, and an elegant/silky finish.
Third-party Scores:95pts James Suckling; 92pts Peñin Guide.
Menu matches:Grilled and roasted meat dishes (lamb), rice dishes, and earthier vegetarian options.