About This Wine
This wine is fermented with a portion of whole bunches (20%) and raised only in large 5000-litre Grenier foudre. The Mencía fruit - which accounts for 85% of the blend - hails from two, slate-laden plots in the Bierzo mountains. The first plot is Pérez's marquee Espanillo vineyard, where the average age of the bush vines is 80 years old. The second site (accounting for 40% of the blend) is a 30-year-old vineyard in Valtuille that sits at 550-metres altitude. Pérez also blends in around 15% Garnacha Tintorera. Everything is co-fermented in tank before being raised in foudre. The result is a lovely, juicy, medium bodied Mencía; fresh, jubey and supple, with the Garnacha T. adding drive, perfume and powdery tannin. There is considerably more finesse and fruit purity here. More perfume and freshness too. That said, it has more stuffing than many Mencía you might find at this price point and expresses its high grown origins with its perfume, intensity and brightness. A lovely value from the new Spain.
|Varietal(s)||Mencia Garnacha Tintorera|
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.