Mengoba Brezo Rosado is a blend of Mencia with a touch of Gordello. The varieties are crushed together and macerated for 24 hours before pressing.
The nose of Bodegas Mengoba Brezo Rosado smells of red apple, jelly, raspberries with some mature dry leaves and tobacco.
Mengoba Brezo Rosado has an intense nectarine and peach character up front. There is zesty acid and an umami finish.
Drinking Mengoba Brezo Rosado gives elements of fresh rose and mature red wine.
Bodegas Mengoba Brezo Rosado Mencia Godello 2014, and all wines are eligible for at least 5% off any six bottles. And 10% off any 12 bottles. Some wines will be at a more significant discount and not subject to further discounts.
Bodegas Mengoba is a beautiful collection of old, high altitude, goblet trained, organically grown plots in Bierzo. This is the key to the quality of Mengoba’s wines. The Mengoba Brezo wines are a great entry point. Stepping up to the estate wines, then single vineyard releases really capture the essence of the region. Both reds from Mencia and whites from Godello and Dona Blanco are seriously impressive.
Continental climate and high altitude vineyards combined with schist laden soils mean these wines are elegant, fine and perfumed. Easily some of the best wines in Spain.
Mencia is similar to Cabernet Franc in flavour, weight and structure. Mencia makes stunning wines from Bierzo, Valdeorras and surrounding regions. Highly aromatic, refreshing acids, nice texture, the top wines can improve with age. There is a lot to love.
Godello is an unheralded white for Galicia in Spain. It offers a wonderful silky texture and a beautiful array of sweet aromas. It is a variety that you do need to know.
Spain is probably more famous for the wines from the hot and dry parts. But the diversity of wine is equal to any country. And Spanish wine is a legitimate threat to the Australian wine market, with their dry-grown, old-vines able to produce the same quality as anything in Australia. If they were allowed to irrigate, they could release more wine at significantly less than any Australian equivalent.
The styles to try as a wine lover include Old school Rioja (leave them for 50 years, though, please!). Real Sherry, from Jerez, seriously try this stuff. Mencia from Bierzo and surrounds. Cava – if you thought Prosecco was poor man’s Champagne, well, good Cava makes Prosecco taste like Schweppes Mineral Water. And there are more amazing terroir wines across Spain.
Rose in Europe is like water. It is everywhere, and everyone drinks it. In Australia, Rose has been a second class citizen, often seen as a compromise between white and red. This is not the case at all. Rose is wine style in its own right. It can be still or sparkling. Dry (bone dry!) or sweet. It can be simple or complex. It can be young drinking, or some Rose can age for a long, long time. If you write off Rose, then you are the one missing out.
Rose can be achieved by leaving red grapes on skins for a shorter amount of time. The Saignee (to bled) method sees juice run off the concentrate the liquid to skin ratios. Tache (stain) is a common way to make sparkling Rose, adding a dash of red wine to a white base.
The grape used to make Rose drives the style. Grenache, Pinot Noir, Sangiovese, Nebbiolo are all classic examples. And as you might imagine, they are all quite different in flavour and structure.
Champagne Rose is a delight; some can taste like Red Burgundy with bubbles. Southern France, especially Bandol, excel at top level Rose. Spanish and Italian Rose are often worth seeking for more casual drinking.
Wine is the result you get from fermented grape juice. There is proof of wine production dating back 8000 years ago. Fashions, innovations and many other factors have influenced the way wine has evolved over the years.
The wine grape is impressive. It contains everything you need to make grape wine except for the yeast, which lives on the outside of the skins.
Human inputs can influence the final product, including the viticulture (growing) choices. And the winemaker can shape the wine to a point too.
The best wines of the world often refer to terroir. Terroir is a French term that refers to all the climatic, geological and topographical influences on a specific piece of land. And it is true that neighbouring vineyards, grown identically, can taste noticeably different.
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