D.O. Bierzo (Castilla y León)
Style Mengoba Estaladiña 2015
Characteristics Mengoba Estaladiña
Mengoba Estaladiña is a red wine produced by Bodegas y Viñedos Mengoba in Carracedelo, Bierzo, without denomination of origin.
Bodegas y Viñedos Mengoba is a winery that was founded in 2007 by renown oenologist Gregory Pérez. After his first steps in France (Château Grand-Puy-Lacoste and, especially, in Château Cos d'Estournel), his family roots —and the encouragement of his friends— brought him back to Spain, to El Bierzo.
The philosophy of Gregory Pérez is based on respect and sustainability of the vines, applying non-aggressive treatments, without herbicides, working with local varieties with low yields, learning about the soils and making wine with traditional methods.
The vines are planted on very steep slopes at more than 600 metres of altitude, facing south and ventilated by constant air flow. The soils are comprised of a mixture of clays and decomposing slate, surrounded by forests and a great natural diversity.
The climate in this area is soft and mild, with a lot of humidity. The average annual temperature is of 12.3ºC, the minimum average temperature is 3.6ºC in winter and the maximum is 23.6ºC in the hottest months of the summer.
Mengoba Estaladiña is a wine made from the grape variety Estaladiña, from a single plot that has this same name. The vineyard is located in Cacabelos, at 540 metres of altitude, on calcareous soils with boulders.
Grapes are harvested by hand and selected. Once they arrive at the winery, part of the grapes are crushed without destemming. Fermentation takes places in 1000-litre stainless steel deposits, and the ageing takes place in 400-litre barrels for 10 months. Then, the wine is bottled without clarifying.
Mengoba Estaladiña is a robust, expressive and tasty wine. A very honest wine that shows us all the virtues of this variety they have recovered. Only one barrel is produced of this delicious rarity.