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Laderas de Leonila Bierzo 2014

Maquina & Tabla
Laderas de Leonila Bierzo

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Mencia is one of local varieties whose rediscovery is showcasing a whole new side to Spanish reds. It's medium bodied with lots of tangy red berry fruit and fine elegant tannins. A world away from over-worked, over-oaked blockbusters.

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We love this because...

Mencia is one of local varieties whose rediscovery is showcasing a whole new side to Spanish reds. It's medium bodied with lots of tangy red berry fruit and fine elegant tannins. A world away from over-worked, over-oaked blockbusters.

HK$ 190
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Flavour profile

Complexity (C): 80
Acidity (A): 60
Body (B): 60
Tannin (T): 40
Fruit (F): 40

Tasting notes

Raspberry Soil Strawberry Tobacco

Pair this wine with...

Chorizo Game birds Hard cheeses Roasted Vegetables

The story

Wine type

Tangy, spicy red.

100% Mencia

Region

Bierzo

Spain

Bottle alcohol content

75cl

14%

The wine

Bierzo is located right up in the north-western corner of Castilla y Leon bordering Cantabria to the north and Galicia to the west. Consequently, it is a cooler, damper region than either Toro or Gredos and it is this climate combined with steep, poor slate soils that allows Mencia to shine here rather than more widespread varieties like Tempranillo and Garnacha. Maquina Y Tabla's site here is a tiny 3ha vineyard located right at the border with Galicia at 750m altitude and planted over 60 years ago. They rent this site from a long-time owner named Leonila, hence the cuvee name meaning 'Leonila's slopes'.

In the winery, the grapes are completely destemmed before fermenting at low temperatures using only natural yeasts and no enzymes or additives. The ferment and maceration lasts around two weeks and the wines are then pressed and aged for one year in a mixture of concrete and old French oak. The finished wine really captures the wildness of the landscape here with bright berry fruit against a spicy, savoury backdrop.

The producer

These wines are made by husband and wife team Oriol Illa and Susana Pastor and span the range of...

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