Veronica Ortega ROC Mencia 2013

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  • South Melbourne
  • Sydney
 was really looking forward to tasting the 2013 ROC, a wine that had shown quite differently in its four vintages. It's a pure Mencía from two very old plots in the village of Valtuille de Abajo on sandy soils, which provide for finesse in the wines. Fifty percent full clusters were used for the fermentation with natural yeasts. The wine was worked manually with pigeage and the élevage was in second and third use 228-liter French oak barrels. The nose is very aromatic, with plenty of violets intermixed with notes of blood orange peel and the freshness of the stems, not only in the nose but also in the palate. The wine is nicely textured with fine tannins and medium weight. This is really elegant, combining power with something ethereal. LUIS GUTIERREZ