'vertixe' (“vertigo” in Gallego) 80% Mencia, 20% Souson.
60 year old Mencia vines with similarly mature Souson, this is a complex & soulful wine from the rugged, steep terrain of Ribeira Sacra. (more specifically Vilachá de Salvadur)
Ribeiro is a Spanish Denominación de Origen Protegida (DOP) (Denominación de Orixe Protexida in Galician)
slate (mencia) and quartz (souson) soil
Mencia plot: "plunges down a slope to the river Sil, in the hamlet of Trasmonte (population: 11 people). Planted to 60-year-old Mencía on slate soils at 600 meters altitude, it sits at the foot of the mountain range of A Auga Levada. Viticulturist José Aira (María’s brother) has always worked this vineyard in an organic and respectful way." -Orly Lumbreras
20% stem inclusion, organic farming with some biodynamic practices
fermented in open vats, foot trodden daily
4 months neutral barrel.
Earthy, focused, savory. Brambly berry fruit (wild raspberry), anise, smoke, freshly chopped herbs, long mineral-laden finish. Great tension and grip. Pair with roasted game, hearty stews, pasta bolognese.