Mencia - Mengoba Brezo Tinto

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Mengoba Brezo Tinto 2014

Bierzo - Spain

Sometimes the answer is staring right at you and you keep missing it. For years, the high altitude of the Bierzo region in Spain and its difficult accessibility for modern machines caused its potential to be overlooked.

Then comes along maverick French winemaker Gregory Pérez, who saw through the difficulties to the true potential that the high altitudes and rich soil provided for growing grapes. Not only that, but he saw the potential in the forgotten indigenous grape varieties of the region: Godello and Mencia.

Today, Pérez has created a modern masterpiece of a winery. He adheres to strict organic principals and you know what he does to solve that pesky problem of difficult accessibility for modern machines? He plows the old fashion way, using cows.

Banjo says: In Spain, the main red grape is certainly Tempranillo. Grenache (known as Garnacha in some parts) would be second. Coming in third, many would say, is the lesser known but incredibly versatile Mencia. This grape is found in the high altitude vineyards of Bierzo, in Spain’s north-west. Closer in style to classic Sangiovese, this has plenty of rich raspberry fruit, backed up by savoury notes of charcoal and clay. Freshness is achieved through the height of the vineyards and the amazing slate soils in the region

The grape type

In Spain, the main red grape is certainly Tempranillo. Grenache (known as Garnacha in some parts) would be second. Coming in third, many would say, is the lesser known but incredibly versatile Mencia. This grape is found in the high altitude vineyards of Bierzo, in Spain’s north-west. Closer in style to classic Sangiovese, this has plenty of rich raspberry fruit, backed up by savoury notes of charcoal and clay. Freshness is achieved through the height of the vineyards and the amazing slate soils in the region

The pairings
Nice and acidic with rich fruit flavours means it is a great food wine. Pair it with meats with acidic sauces or marinades.

We’ve teamed up with the talented team at Smudge Eats to match all our wines to their delicious recipes, which they’ve compiled from the country’s top and emerging chefs.

Food matching: Pizza, Italian & Antipasto

Season matching: Autumn

Mood matching: Always great!

Taste matching: Salty