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2017 ‘Chica’ Mencia Rose

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THE YEAR THAT
Lightning struck the vineyard & fried part of the row

Like eating a watermelon right down to the white bits, this dry Rose is refreshing as. Mencia (say it with an attractive Spanish lisp: MEN-thee-AH) is a new variety to Australia, and is delicious with cured meats and chocolatey desserts.

TASTING NOTE

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AROMA
Watermelon juice, fairy floss, strawberries and lime
PALATE
Light, fresh, savoury, lemony acid with a bit of raspberry tea like tannin for texture
WINE & VINTAGE

Mencia is a native variety of Spain, in particular the Bierzo region in the northwest of the country. It has been enjoying a rebirth of prominance in its home country, and Oliver’s Taranga are the first to plant it in Australia. We are still learning every year, and while the vines are still juvenile, we decided to get our whole cellar door team on board to learn more about the winemaking process – and as such the ‘Chica’ Mencia Rose was born! Our winemaker Corrina used a fermentation technique called ‘Carbonic Maceration’ – a big word, but it basically means that the Chica is super lifted and delicious.

HISTORY

With 300 acres of premium grapevines on the Taranga property, the Oliver family has over 50 blocks representing different grape varieties, clones, soil types & vine ages. Each vintage, different varieties & blocks will show their strength and from this has been born the ‘SMALL BATCH’ range. These wines have been handcrafted to speak of both the variety and the vintage in which they have been produced.

WINE MAKER
Corrina Wright, 6th Generation
SMALL BATCH PRODUCTION
9213 bottles
GRAPE VARIETY

100% Mencia
(pron. MEN-THEE-A)

REGION
100% McLaren Vale
COLOUR
Pale salmon pink
ALCOHOL
11.5%

WHAT THE WRITERS HAVE TO SAY

Qwine

bone dry and moreish. I look outside and see blue skies and sunshine - the perfect partner for this. Raspberry, watermelon and red fruit aromas. The back label refers to the ‘white of the watermelon’ and that’s exactly what you taste. And you get that crunch too. A fun and refreshing drink - best I take if outside and soak up that sunshine with a generous glass. Find this.

92 points
Campbell Mattinson

Pale salmon colour. Succulent and lively with rosehip and redcurrant flavours swishing through the palate. There's a gentle tartness to the finish; it works as a positive, contributing to the wine's crunchy feel.

91 points