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Characteristics of Laderas De Leonila
Laderas De Leonila is a red wine, D.O. Bierzo, produced by the winery Máquina & Tabla.
Máquina & Tabla is a project that began in 2012 thanks to Oriol Illa and Susana Pastor. Starting from scratch, they visited the entire region, searching for the best vineyards, the oldest ones.
Máquina & Tabla cultivates the vines using biodynamic parameters, with utmost respect for the land and nature. They make top-quality wines with minimum intervention, in rented facilities, as of right now.
It seems like hard work is paying off: Máquina & Tabla normally appears in the best positions of specialised magazine rankings.
Laderas De Leonila is a wine made from Mencía form a rented 3-hectare vineyard located on the border between El Bierzo and Valdeorras. It is facing the north-east, and it is planted on disintegrated slate and clay, mixed with slate.
After the manual harvest, the grapes are destemmed so they can ferment with native yeasts at a low temperature for several weeks. The ageing takes place in barrels and cement deposits until the next harvest.
Laderas De Leonila is a mature, balanced and honest wine. The harmony between the maturity provided by the climate stands outs, as well as the length it is given by the minerality of the soil.
A vintage where the Atlantic climate has ruled over the continental. The lightness of this type of climate, together with the perfect sanitary condition of the vineyard, has given rise to an excellent vintage from this area.
The year began with typical temperate and rainy winter weather. What differentiated the year was the intense rains that fell between the months of April and May, conditioning the vegetative development of the vine. The summer was then noticeable for being warm and dry, the perfect combination for the perfect grape.
In recent years, winemakers and developers have settled in the DO Bierzo with very plausible innovative ideas, investing heavily in local wineries, resulting in the production of personal and unique wines. There is no doubt that El Bierzo has become a trendy and cool D.O, aided by the spicy, delicate and velvety Mencia grape, whose character and great capacity of expression of terroir is undoubtedly the regions best asset. Even many compare it to the Pinot Noir, which together with the small scale style of production and topography of its vineyards, the traditional form of the Burgundian bottle used, and the original use of the names of towns and places in their best wines, resulted in this wine region being given the nickname of "little Spanish burgundy".