Mengoba Brezo Tinto Mencia 2018

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  • South Melbourne
  • Sydney

Pérez's entry-level Mencía comes from multiple remote parcels of 30- to 60-year-old vines dotted around the slate-rich hillsides of Valtuille and Villafranca del Bierzo. The blend also takes in a splash of Garnacha Tintorera (Alicante Bouschet) for added brightness and crunch, but the hero here is Pérez's high-grown and chiselled Mencía fruit.

In the pursuit of something pure, refreshing and juicy, Pérez de-stems 90% of his fruit and ferments wild in stainless-steel vat. The wine is bottled early to capture all of that joyous, mouth-watering fruit. If you fancy a detour from Cru Beaujolais or Loire Cabernet Franc, this is an excellent place to go. Expect waves of red fruits, anise spice and a bright and crunchy close. PWS

The spicy and peppery Brezo Mencía could make you see why some people compare Mencía with Cabernet Franc (they are completely unrelated), with that herbal twist that gives this wine an Atlantic freshness and a somewhat wild profile. This clearly transcends its price category; it's a sophisticated, unoaked old-vine Mencía from old vineyards where is always a small percentage of other grapes, such as Alicante Bouschet, Doña Blanca... It's sleek, elegant and polished, fresh and easy to drink, nicely crafted. LUIS GUTIERREZ