Version Original 2016 — Mencía
A Wine That
that is like a top athlete - lean and muscular. This is a profound wine in every sense of the word: only old vines whose roots plunge several metres into the soil are able to translate terroir as accurately as this. Think wild thyme, fennel, bramble and a dash of something that none of us can put our finger on. That's the real sign of fine wine, isn't it?
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- Winemaker: Veronica Ortega
Where & How
This is old vine Mencía from the same vineyard as the cuvée ROC, but from a parcel at the bottom of the vineyard where there's deeper sand. The clusters and grapes are smaller here, giving a more concentrated wine. The wine was fermented naturally, with whole bunch maceration, and aged in a large oak vat for 16 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.