2022 ‘Chica’ Mencia Rosé
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.
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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.
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.