Lousas Viña Aldea 2018 — Mencía
A Wine That
Is our go-to response for anybody looking for elegant, lower-alcohol (aka not 14%) Spanish red wines. It’s a wine so elegant and pretty it immediately makes you wonder, why am I not drinking more Mencia? This is testament to the red fruited perfumed aromatics that this variety is capable of, and we urge anyone who hasn’t tried the Envínate red wines yet to start with this.
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- Winemaker: Envínate
Where and How?
This is organically farmed Mencía, with a small percentage of other indigenous red Spanish varieties, planted on slate and schist soils of the stunning Ribeira Sacra region.
The grapes were foot-stomped and fermented with 40% whole-clusters in a small open vat. Tiny quantities of this wine are made. Like the other Lousas wines, it is marked by extreme purity, lifted aromatics and delicious savouriness. It’s a shame there’s little of it, but that makes it all the more special. Bottled unfined, unfiltered and with just a touch of sulphur.
Going to school and university is about a lot more than education; they give birth to friendships and business ideas. In the case of Envínate, it was at the University of Miguel Hernández in Alicante that Laura Ramos, Jose Martínez, Roberto Santana and Alfonso Torrente met while studying oenology. This quartet of bright minds did not have family-owned wineries behind them, but they did have a joint love for organic viticulture and low intervention winemaking.
In the Beaujolais region, there is a group of winemakers nicknamed the Gang of Four who revived organic viticulture and quality winemaking in the region in the 80s. Well, this is the Spanish Gang of Four. Together, they have put the steep, rugged slopes of northern Spain and Tenerife on the map of fine wine.