Vel'Uveyra Mencia, 2016
Ronsel do Sil
Taste Profile Where it's from
Ronsel do Sil is a family run winery, located in Ribeiro Sacra in the north-west of Spain. Here, vines of up to 60 years age are planted on granitic soils. Mencia is becoming a very fashionable red variety, with bright red berry and currant fruit flavours, crisp acidity and an attractive aroma. Fermenting the wine in large old oak barrels has imparted some lovely textures, but little oak flavour. - Andy Howard MW
About the Wine
Two hectares of vineyard are manually cultivated on the steep hills of Ribeiro Sacra, where the vines are grown on the steep terraces known as ‘bancalas’ which were originally built by the Romans.
Indigenous red varieties such as Mencía and Merenzao are grown alongside the native white varieties of Godello, Treixadura and Dona Branca on the banks of the River Sil. Winemaker Maria Jose Yravedra crafts these indigenous varietals into beautifully refined and mineral-driven wines.
The Mencia grape is native to the north west of Spain and has historically been associated with quite light, rather astringent reds. However, older low yielding vines planted in poor soils on high hills (such as those used to make this fine example) can produce a much more intense and concentrated wine, with a pronounced floral nose and strawberries and red cherries on the palate.
This wine is mostly Mencia (95%) but with a tiny amount of Garnacha (5%) that imparts a hint of raspberry to the flavour.
Goes well with
This is a versatile wine for food, the pronounced fruitiness combined with good acidity make it a good match for strong white meats such as sirloin of Iberico pork or blackened chicken with cajun spices.
It will also go nicely with lighter game, for example grilled duck.
|Producer||Ronsel do Sil|
|Grapes||Mencia 95%, Grenache 5%|
Ribeira Sacra, Galicia
|Organic / Biodynamic||Yes / No|
|Vegetarian / Vegan||Yes / No|
|Volume||750ml (Taster bottle)|