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Characteristics of Mengoba Las Tinajas
Mengoba Las Tinajas is a white wine from the D.O Bierzo produced by the Mengoba winery. This is a single-variety wine made with the Godello grape.
The grapes used for Mengoba Las Tinajas are taken from small plots situated in the towns of Espanillo and Quilos, both in El Bierzo. The vineyards are around 70 years old and are situated 600 metres above sea level. The vineyards are home to slate and stony soils, which vary slightly across each estate.
The harvest is carried out manually, ensuring that the grapes do not break and arrive at the winery in the best condition possible. At the winery, some of the grapes are deposited whole, while some are destemmed and pressed. Fermentation is carried out at low temperatures. Following this, maceration is carried out for 2 months.
Following maceration, the most for Mengoba Las Tinajas is pressed and the liquid is seperated from the skins. The wine then rests for 6 months in the same tanks where the various phases of vinification were carried out, and is then bottled without being clarified or filtered.
Mengoba Las Tinajas is a unique and special white wine. This wine is made in limited production, with only 830 bottles per vintage.
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".