2015 Bodegas Del Abad – Mencia Bierzo Spain
Mencia the grape variety and Bierzo the region are very on trend with sommeliers and wine lovers alike. As the world gets smaller, it has never been easy to discover the next big thing and people are always on the lookout for any new exciting wine and region. Over the past 20 years this isolated region in the North West of Spain has been scoring a lot of goals. Bierzo boasts a long winemaking history, but for most of the 20th century it was neglected and largely left alone. Fast forward to the 21st century and young winemakers have flocked to the area taking advantage of old hillside vineyards planted to the Mencia grape, making fresh, energetic and intriguing wines.
Bodegas Del Abad manages five hectares, mainly Mencia, along with the white grape variety Godello. The vineyards have an average age of 50 years and are situated on hill side slopes (650 metres), which have a high proportion of quartz and slate in their soils.
The modern Mencia wines are deliciously complex with prominent flavours of dark fruits and flowery herbs. This is a great example of this style; medium to full bodied, which lovers of rich Burgundy’s and Pinots will really enjoy. This wine has cherry overtones with an ever so slightly bitterness (Sour Cherries) , adding to the overall freshness and vitality of the wine, combined with a subtle crushed gravel or granite-like minerality in the texture. I know this sounds a little fanciful but you cannot help but think of the quartz and slate soils where the grapes are grown. You also cannot help but notice the acidity of the wine, so fresh and vibrant. I can see why these wines have become so popular.
Decant for 20 minutes before serving. Can be safely cellared for 5-7 years.
Red meats and non-spicy Asian dishes wold be a great match. Peking duck would be a match made in heaven. The earthy tones also make it great with Smoked meats and other BBQ’d dishes.