Hand-harvested, 30-40 year old Mencia vines from south-east facing heroic terraces at gradients of 45-70% on small plots, A Seara, A Ugrexa y Brinco of calcareous slate, granite, schist soils at 310-430m above sea level. Vines are trained on trellises, simple cordon, double cordon and traditional system, with Royat and Simple Guyot pruning. Density of vines is 3100-4700 vines per hectare with manual harvesting in boxes of 18 kg. Carlos, Roberto, Manuel and Fernando are the heroes in ensuring the vines reach a perfect maturation vintage after vintage. Fermentation in small 4000-7000 litre troncoconic French oak barrels with stems, followed by malolactic fermentation and ageing in finely toasted French, American and Central European 400 litre oak barrels with battonage over lees for 6 months. A natural filtration occurs through decanting without any clarification or the use of chemical or mechanical elements. Opaque, deep cherry garnet with purple tinges. Complex, intense nose, compact mature red, black fruits, coffee, tobacco, with mountain herbs, mineral and shaved graphite notes. Like the nose, the palate is complex, initially fresh and youthful but then more elegant, complex and unctuous with delicate flavours of violets, black cherries, liquorice, toastiness, cassis, mature tannins. Long persistent and elegant finish. Limited production: 19,600 bottles. Recommend opening 1 hour prior to consumption. 14% abv.
Guía Peñin 2017 - 91 points
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