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Cuatro Pasos Bierzo Mencia 2017 £12.95
CUATRO PASOS BIERZO MENCIA
As well as their work in pioneering the whites of Galicia, Luciano Amoedo...and Katia Álvarez of Martín Códax also make this red wine in Bierzo. The Bierzo DO lies further inland from Rías Baixas, with a slightly warmer climate where Mencía is the native variety.
The discovery of four bear footprints in a magnificent vineyard in the highest areas of the Bierzo inspired the name of this wine - Cuatro Pasos or Four Steps. It is a 100% Mencía from grapes chosen from the over 80-year-old vines found in slate soil vineyards located in the high areas of the Bierzo region.
Frost affected the valleys of Valtuille and Villafranca while the higher areas of Villadecanes and Otero were not as badly affected. The drought conditions through the summer resulted in smaller grapes and clusters which alongside the frost damage saw a reduction in yields. Despite this, the quality of the fruit harvested was high.
After destemming and crushing, a pre-fermentation maceration took place at 12ºC. Fermentation took place in stainless steel vats at a controlled temperature of 24-26ºC. After vinification, the wine was matured for two/three months in French (75%) and American (25%) oak barrels.
Morello cherry red in colour with violet reflections. The varietal aromas of red fruits dominate the bouquet with a subtle hint of vanilla from the oak toasting. The palate is elegant and balanced, with a fruit-driven finish.
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