Guimaro Finca Cappelinos Single Vineyard Mencia 2012

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  • South Melbourne
  • Sydney
It's hard to make up your mind about your preferences in 2012 between the Finca Pombeiras and the Finca Capeliños. Capeliños is an extremely old vineyard, they don't know its age but they know it's at least 96 years old and that it is planted with a field blend dominated by Mencía but also with other white grapes (which are used for the white Viñas Viejas) and other local reds that represent some 20% of the final blend here. Some 40% of the full clusters were put with the rest of un-crushed grapes in a 3,000-liter oak vat where it fermented slowly during some 55 days. It was transferred to used barriques where it completed malolactic and one year aging in contact with the lees. The smaller oak containers might be responsible for the more serious, closed personality of this wine that with some time in the glass unfurls aromas of violets, earth, balsam, aromatic herbs, peach and malted cereals. The palate is medium-bodied with great freshness (orange peel), flavors of violets and an earthy, mineral/slate sensation. This surely has the stuffing for a long, slow development in bottle and it would be fascinating to follow up its development next to the Finca Pombeiras. Only 1,000 bottles were produced. LOUIS GUTIERREZ