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2021 Mencia


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La Nina (with the thing over it) provided us with an almost perfect growing season.


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f it’s taken the Grenache grape 180 years to be cool in the Vale, it’s taken Mencia no time at all. The Spanish/Portuguese red grape adapted fast to its warm, Mediterranean climate Down Under. A big part of its allure is its elegance. Deep, glistening purple hues. Brings out a full display of black cherry, pomegranate, earth, cacao, licorice and dried herbs. Everything – fruit, oak, tannin – knits together nicely on the medium-bodied palate. It’s not too heavy, not too light, just right and nicely balanced. You can see why winemakers and drinkers are getting excited by the grape.

And its pronunciation? “Men-thee-ah”

2020 Vintage 94 points
Real Review - Stuart Knox

Intense ruby and purple colours in the glass. Red berries, African spices and rosemary aromatics. Textured and weighty fruit on the palate, layers of spice, both sweet and savoury sit underneath. It's silken in its flow, gliding long and deep with a gentle hand of acid and tannin keeping it moving in the right direction. A truly delicious glass of wine.

2019 Vintage -95 points
Wine Enthusiast - C.P

Corrina Wright and her team have showed the viability of a variety rarely seen outside its native northern Spain home. The nose is dense and earthy but quickly opens with time in glass to reveal bushels of dried herbs, spices, cherries and flowers. Silky, brambly fruit is wound by firm, textured tannins on the medium-bodied palate. It’s a charming, restrained wine that balances New World sunshine with Old World charm. Epicurean Wines.

2019 Vintage
James Suckling

Very attractive aromas of spiced blueberries and violets with fresh tobacco and light white-pepper notes,too. The palate is very supple, smooth and layered with a fresh delivery of smooth-honed tannin, carrying rich blueberry flavors. Pastry-like finish.
Drink over the next five years. Screw cap.

2019 Vintage-92 points
Toni Paterson

Intensely-coloured with a deep crimson hue. Pomegranate and dark cherry aromatics with a hint of stonefruit and violet. The palate is succulent and moreish with a beautiful floral vein running throughout and faint earthy accents. It is a beautiful and intriguing wine with individual character and personality. Dark and juicy.

2019 Vintage
James Halliday - published 01 June 2020

Progressively planted ‘16-’19, this is the second vintage, Oliver’s the leader of the pack of the handful of mencia producers. Hand-picked, open fermented, no additions other
than SO2 post mlf (as for all the Oliver’s red wines), pressed at dryness to used French hogsheads. Supple, smooth, spiced black fruits, great balance and length. A surprise packet.

95 points