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El Castro de Valtuille Mencia 2018

“This Mencia over-delivers for its price. It’s medium-bodied, nuanced, floral and subtle with fine tannins and a serious finish. This is a bargain, an old-vine Mencia at an incredible price.” Luis Gutierrez, Wine Advocate Magazine

Hi Folks,  In recent years the Northern Spanish varietal Mencia has quickly become a main staple at many fine establishment in Australia. if you haven't yet tried one or would like to be reacquainted than your timing is perfect!  On show today we have the 2018 El Castro de Valtuille from Bierzo, (Castilla y Leon) produced by one of the most acclaimed winemakers in Europe; Raul Perez.  Born and raised in Bierzo, Raul Perez's delicious and vibrant 2018 Mencia features fresh mineral-tinged redcurrant and cherry scents with very good clarity and a subtle floral overtone.  Tangy, focused and pure on the palate, offering intense flavors of cherry, blackcurrant and red berry. It shows a light touch that's quite pinot-like, along with a hint of smokiness that carries through a long, mineral-driven finish.  If this wine were to be tasted blind, then it would be full of surprises, revealing a host of nuances that result in the creation of a very fine Mencia. I will leave you with encouraging words of wisdom from one of the main protagonist's on all things Spanish wine Luis Gutierrez of the Wine Advocate Magazine who spoke in glowing terms about this wine. “The 2018 El Castro de Valtuille Mencía overdelivers for its price. It’s medium-bodied, nuanced, floral and subtle with fine tannins and a serious finish. This is a bargain, an old-vine Mencia at an incredible price.” 

            Awarded 2014 Winemaker of the Year by Der Feinschmecker (Germany)

         Awarded 2015 Best Winemaker in the World by Bettane+Desseauve (France)

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