Mengoba Brezo Blanco 2018

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About This Wine

This year’s blend is 85% Godello and 15% Doña Blanca, sourced from a variety of highland Bierzo terroirs. The Godello comes mostly from a stony Carracedo site as well as some sandy loam and clay/limestone plots in Valtuille and Villafranca del Bierzo at 500+ meters elevation. The Doña Blanca hails from similar sites but also includes some older, goblet material from the slate soils of Espanillo. All up, the vine age sits between 20-80 years old which is remarkable when you consider the price. The wine was fermented with wild yeasts in steel vats and then raised on its fine lees with weekly battonage for 5 months.

It is both textural and crunchy fresh - if that makes sense. If anything it's a touch more elegant, silkier, longer and with more class than we have seen, yet it does not sacrifice the feisty, rock-hewn drinkability that we have come to know and love. Very good stuff.

Type White Wine
Varietal(s) Godello Doña Blanca
Country Spain
Region Bierzo
Brand Bodegas Mengoba
Vintage 2018

Wines of Spain

With 2.9 million acres of land planted in wine grapes, Spain is the most widely planted wine producing nation and second largest producer in the world. Many styles of wine are produced in the country most of which are based on native grape varietals.

The two most famous regions are Rioja and Ribera del Duero for their Tempranillo production. Rioja Tempranillo (the classic) will be lighter and fresher with red fruit flavours as compared to those from Ribera del Duero that are often deep purple, higher in alcohol with more tannins and intense black fruit character. Rioja is also known for producing Garnacha (Grenache), as well as rich, nutty whites from the indigenous Viura varietal.

In the Catalonia region, Spain is recognized for making a sparkling wine in the traditional method but using native grape varieties. This is called Cava. Priorat, a subregion within Catalonia specializes in making still red blends of Garnacha, Carignan and often Syrah and Cabernet Sauvignon in a bold and full-bodied style. Together with Rioja, wines from Priorat have achieved DOCa/DOQ status signifying their quality.

Sherry is Spain’s famous fortified wine which can either be completely dry, lusciously sweet or somewhere in between. This is made in the southern region of Jerez.

Other notable Spanish wine styles include: Monastrell (AKA. Mataro/Mourvèdre), produced in the Jumilla region and refreshing white Albariño and Verdejo from north western Galacia.

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