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Characteristics of Las Gundiñas
Las Gundiñas is a red wine from Bierzo, prepared by the small winery La Vizcaína de Vinos, led by renowned winemaker Raul Perez, who had the idea of producing wines with great expression of the vineyard through traditional production together with minimal intervention.
Las Gundiñas is a blend, with Mencia variety as the main grape, completed in small quantities by three little-known varieties: Alicante Bouschet, Estaladina and Souson. The grapes come from a small vineyard located on the bottom of a slope. The vines are planted in deep soil, rich in clay that collects water and rainfall sediment. Harvesting is done by hand in small boxes. Fermentation occurs in timber vats of 5000 litres, the whole grape is pressed each day until fermentation occurs. Once the fermentation has occurred, the grapes macerate for 40-60 days. Finally, Las Gundiñas is aged for 12 months in French oak barrels. A fresh and fruity wine made in the traditional way by Raúl Pérez, a master at maximising the use of the land. A light wine, fresh and juicy with very soft tannins and a great balance between alcohol and acidity.
Serve at 15ºC
Pasta with meat sauce, Goat cheese, White roasted meat, Rice with meat, Sheep cheese, Soft cheese
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".
La Vizcaína de Vinos is a relatively new project by the multifaceted winegrower and oenologist Raúl Pérez in his homeland: El Bierzo. He started and executed this project with his nephews, César Márquez and Nerea Pérez, the latter tragically deceased during the vintage of 2014. Raúl is a viticulture philosopher. He is also a consultant, as well as an oenologist, and he is the creator of genuine wines. All in all, quite a renown figure in our country. His name is on the lips of many good aficionados, and some of his wines are on the agenda of Robert Parker, although his labels are produced in quantities that seem more virtual than real.