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2021 ‘Chica’ Mencia Rosé

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THE YEAR THAT
#consumecorrinascellar was born

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

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. Oliver’s Taranga are the first to plant it in Australia. We decided to get our (mostly female) cellar door team on board to learn about the winemaking process – and as such the ‘Chica’ was born! Our winemaker Corrina uses a fermentation technique called ‘Carbonic Maceration’, which results in a lovely aroma & texture on the wine.

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
9323 bottles
GRAPE VARIETY

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

REGION
100% McLaren Vale
COLOUR
Pale salmon pink
ALCOHOL
12%

WHAT THE WRITERS HAVE TO SAY

2021
Ned Goodwin for Halliday Wine Companion 2021

Spain’s fashionable variety Mençia hails from Galicia and environs. Pleasing to see it in these parts and damn, it makes a dry, perky, thirst-slaking, herb-inflected rosé. Lightweight. No sacrifice of flavour. Hand picked early by the team pre-Covid, on Valentine’s Day. A mid coral. Red gummy bear, musk and rosewater scents, with a febrile line of acidity and finely etched tannins towing it long and crunchy.

91 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