ROC 2017 — Mencía
A Wine That
evokes an artists’ palette of dark blue and purple watercolour inks overlapping one another creating a hue entirely unique to itself. It’s a wine that has such depth that it’ll have you staring into the glass in the same way you stare at van Gogh’s Starry Night. And the taste? Wild dark fruits and earth; a metaphorical hike through a national forest.
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- Winemaker: Veronica Ortega
Where and How?
This is Veronica’s “top” cuvée, named with the initials of her oldest brother who sadly passed away. It comes from two small 100-year-old vineyards, planted on sandy clay.
The wine was fermented naturally with gentle maceration for 20 days, followed by ageing in 2-3 year old barrels for 14 months.
After a stint studying science—chemistry, to be precise—Verónica Ortega soon realised that it wasn’t the inside of a laboratory where she longed to spend her days. In fact, it was quite the opposite kind of scientific playground that she had in mind. Victoria didn’t grow up amongst winemakers. Her path to the vines was part and parcel (pun intended) thanks to a realisation that there was another type of chemical reaction that piqued her interest. After her first harvest in the magical vines of Priorat—under the esteemed guidance of Álvaro Palacios and Daphne Glorian, followed by time spent in Burgundy (at the mythical Domaine de la Romanée-Conti amongst others)—Veronica fell head over heels with the world of winemaking and, in her own words, “never went back to [her] place again. Just for the holidays!” Now that’s love.