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2020 ‘Chica’ Mencia Rose

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THE YEAR THAT
We handpicked the Mencia Rose on Valentines Day

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.

A little pairing experiment for the cheese/meat…!!
For the Cantal cheese, truffle salami and olives, I would prefer the Rose as it compliments the savoury character of the food. @lazy_wife_diligent_husband via Instagram.

TASTING NOTE

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AROMA
Salt cured watermelon, fresh lime and hibiscus flower, gin botanicals, turkish delight and a touch of fairy floss
PALATE
Flavour bursts from the glass, prosciutto wrapped rockmelon, watermelon mojito, limes, loads of round texture and a savoury dry crisp finish.
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
3992 bottles
GRAPE VARIETY

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

REGION
100% McLaren Vale
COLOUR
Pale salmon pink
ALCOHOL
12.5%

WHAT THE WRITERS HAVE TO SAY

James Halliday -2019

Mencia is one of the most recent arrivals in Aus, hailing from northwest Spain. Vivid crimson-red hue suggests some extraction and/or sweetness. In fact it is dry and fresh with no sign of extraction thanks to foot-crushing and limited maturation in used French oak

92 points
Q wine -2019

‘There’s more density to the fruit in this edition. The mouthfeel is a little heavier too, but the crunchy red fruit and berries synonymous with previous vintages are certainly there. Bone dry, it’s not an overly complex wine, the back label says describes one of its characteristics as the “white bits of the watermelon”. And you’d have to agree.
Chill and enjoy with those you love giggling with.

Very good - Qwine