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Algueira Pizarra 2015

13% abv

Vol- 70cl

Originally from Castilla y Léon (think Bierzo) the now ubiquitous mencía has adapted extremely well to Ribeira Sacra, especially on the hot southern exposed slopes of the prestigious Amandi cru. Named after the slate (pizarra) soils of the Carballocovo vineyard, the grapes were (like most of their reds) foot trodden with full clusters in wooden open vats, fermented with natural yeasts and aged for just over a year in oak barrels of different sizes and ages. This wine has depth and an almost chewy texture with complex flavours of cured meat, black cherries and Mediterranean herbs.

£38.00inclusive of Duty and VAT

Limited stock, only 12 remaining

The Romans first carved the Ribeira Sacra terraces (solcacos), over 2,000 years ago, into canyons and gorges so dizzyingly steep that it makes the hillsides of Côte-Rôtie look like nursery slopes. Over the centuries, monks and their many monasteries (hence the name Ribeira Sacra) expanded and maintained the gigantic network of solcacos and vines along the rivers Sil, Miño and Bibei. At the end of the 19th century phylloxera followed by economic depression, civil war and dictatorship ruined Galicia. The younger generations fled the country and what took centuries of pain and suffering to build was abandoned in decades.

Fortunately, local heroes such as Adega Algueira’s Fernando González Riveiro are restoring some of these historical vineyards and painstakingly reclaiming their heritage. Fernando is an exceptional vine grower and was the first to believe in the true native grape varieties from the area: merenzao (aka trousseau), brancellao, sousón, caiño etc.

Since 1980 he has done what no one else has; searching, selecting, re-planting and trialling these grapes in different soils and expositions, vinifying them separately to understand which terroirs they’re best suited to, resulting in long-lived wines with an incredible mineral resonance. A true legacy.

Reference #:
17477
Strength
13 ABV
Bottles per Case
6 bottles
Grapes
Mencia (Jaen)
Organic
No
Biodynamic
No
Vegan
Yes
Vegetarian
Yes
Sparkling
No

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Northern Ireland, Isle of Man, Isles of Scilly.
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A shipping confirmation email will be sent when your order has been processed and shipped. You will be sent a text with a delivery time slot and a consignment number along with instructions on how to amend this if required.

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