Small Batch Wines  |  2016 Mencia

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Tasting Notes:

Never tasted Mencia before? May as well start now! A new variety to Australia from its home in Spain, it’s packed with flavour. Made in the ‘joven’ style – meaning that it has limited oak and is fresh and slurpy and ready to drink.

From the Wine Writers:

This my friends is a great intro to the Spanish variety Mencia. If you haven't heard of it nor tasted it, best you get on the pleasure train.
There's only a handful of Mencia in Australia, and two come from McLaren Vale - the vineyards less than one kilometre away from one another.
Corrina Wright at Oliver's Taranga has previously made Rosé with hers but 2016 sees the full shebang stepping out. And just quietly, I'm pumped she put this out there - super smart wine right here.
Deliberately made with minimal oak, the fruit sings. Juicy as, purple florals and even little blue flowers are met by supple and soft purple fruit. Satisfying and delicate, it rolls around the mouth like melted chocolate. Effortless.
There's not many samples that come through that I see through to the end. This one I did and gee I wish it didn't end.
Drink now to five years.
93/100 Qwine

Awards & Accolades:

Gold Medal winner - 2016 Australian Alternative Varieties Wine Show


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    Grape Variety


    Growing Region

    McLaren Vale


    Bright Purple red


    Plenty of violet florals, cherry syrup and jubey blackberry concentrate


    Like drinking flowers, the Mencia has such a delicious palate. Bright, fresh and zesty - this red has limited oak impact and is all about the fruit. Chewy berry flavours abound.




    Corrina Wright