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Characteristics of Mengoba Mencía
Menogaba Mencía is a red wine from the D.O Bierzo produced by the Mengoba winery. This wine is a blend of two different grape varieties: Mencía and Alicante Bouschet.
The Mencía grapes come from vineyards that are over 80 years old, located in the municipality of Espanillo, 700 metres above sea level. The Alicante Bouschet grapes, also known as Garnacha Tintorera, come 50 year old vineyards in the towns of Horta and Villafranca del Bierzo, 550 metres above sea level.
The vineyards are home to slate, clay and sandy soils, which are cultivated using artisan methods. The climate is continental, although with Atlantic influences, is ideal for the cultivation of these varieties of grapes. The harvest is carried out manually, ensuring that the grapes to not break and that they remain in the best possible condition on arrival to the winery.
At the winery, the grapes for Mengoba Mencía are destemmed and pressed before being placed into large wooden fudres. Here, the juice of the wine ferments and rests until racking, six months later. The wine is then bottled after a light clarification and without filtration.
Mengoba is a project led by renowned winemake Gregory Pérez. Working sustainably and with the upmost respect for the vineyards, the winery has become one of the most emblematic in El Bierzo.
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".