Bodegas Avancia

Avancia Mencía Viñas Viejas

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2019 Vintage

92pts

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2017 Vintage

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2016 Vintage

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Denominacion de Origen

D.O. Valdeorras

Location

Town of Raxoá, in the Valley of Valdeorras, Province of Ourense, in the Northeast of the D.O.

Varietal

90% Mencía, 10% Garnacha Tintorera, Mouratón (Juan García), Gran Negro, Sousón, Cariñena

Vineyards

Aeiroá. Single vineyard with three small parcels located on the southern bank of the River Sil on 30˚ slopes. Oriented Northeast.

Year(s) Planted

1948, 1960, 1963

Viticulture

Traditional dry farmed viticulture. Organic Gobelet trained vines. Cultivated completely by hand.

Soils

Primarily slate soils intermixed with small quantities of quartz.

Climate

Mediterranean climate with an Atlantic influence. Very cold winters and very warm hot summers.

Winemaking

Maceration & fermentation took place in four old demi-muids. Three of the four underwent a traditional destemming without crushing, and one of the four underwent a full cluster semi-carbonic maceration. Pre-fermentative maceration at 6° C for 48 hours. Spontaneous fermentation without temperature control. The wine was pressed in a vertical basket press and finished malolactic fermentation in barrique.

Aging

Eleven months in new French oak barrique (Dominique Laurent & Darnajou)

Comments

A field blend from one of the oldest and most heroic vineyards in Valdeorras, Avancia Mencía Viñas Viejas is a small production wine that exemplifies the style of the reds of Valdeorras - ethereal, mineral, floral, lifted, but with a glass staining youthful concentration that sets itself from other Galician reds. As a northern oriented vineyard site, Aeiróa ripens patiently and late in the season, which allows the grapes to maintain high levels of acidity and balance. A percentage of carbonic maceration and stem inclusion brings a crunchy texture and lift to an otherwise powerful wine,