Verdes Matas Mencia 2016
Such a nice example of Mencia, the great undiscovered grape of Galicia. Great served a little chilled. Nice and light for summer. Clean in the mouth with typical Mencia flavours of wild berries and tart cranberries on the long racy finish. Some richness from the mild, toasty oak and a touch of cinnamon and liquorice on the clean finish.
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Nestled among the ancient terraces of vines on the banks of the River Sil, where monks raised the monastery of San Vicente de Pombeiro in the 12th century, we find Alma Das Donas vineyards, the producers of Verdes Matas Mencia. Considered one of the most iconic corners of the Ribeira Sacra, the surroundings are well known for peace and tranquillity, making it the perfect place to create wines. Perfectly integrated within the surroundings, the production is based exclusively on grapes from vineyards on the slopes of the River Sil where they enjoy an excellent microclimate for wine. The precipitous slopes prevent any mechanisation other than a simple system of rails to transport the grapes. Both the harvest and the production are rigorously artisanal, unfailingly faithful to the concept of Heroic Viticulture. More than three hectares of our own vines grow along the craggy patchwork of vineyards so characteristic of the Ribeira Sacra. The result is a heroic labour of love containing all of the toil, passion and soul needed to create exceptional wines.