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Characteristics of Verónica Ortega Roc Mencía
Verónica Ortega Roc Mencía is a red wine produced by Verónica Ortega in Valtuille de Abajo (León) D.O. Bierzo.
Verónica Ortega, natural from Cádiz and trained in the best wineries of Burgundy and Priorat, was attracted to the terroir of El Bierzo. She decided to settle in Valtuille de Abajo to start to produce her own wines, thus initiating her most personal project.
Verónica Ortega mainly works with old Mencía vineyards using organic precepts. Vinification is carried out traditionally, with spontaneous fermentation using native yeasts and low amounts of sulphites. Wines that are faithful to the terroir, with character and a great personality.
Verónica Ortega Roc Mencía is a wine made form Mencía from two vineyards that are over 80 years old, planted on clayey-sandy soils with a lot of minerals contained in small stones.
They are manually harvested and placed in 15-kg boxes. 40% are vinified with their whole bunches, and the stems, in 4000-litre vats. After 40 days of maceration, they are vertically pressed and transferred to second and third-use French oak barrels. Here, they go through malolactic fermentation and an ageing of 12 months.
Verónica Ortega Roc Mencía is a complex wine, with finesse and elegance. On the nose, the aromas of red and black fruit stand out, with hints of wood that are very well integrated. In the mouth it is balanced, long and very juicy.
Serve at 15ºC
Cold meat, Grilled red meats, Rice with meat, Roasted red meats
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".