Mengoba by Gregory Perez 2014

75cl Bodegas Mengoba Mencia Spain > Bierzo Fruit driven, smooth and dry
The fruit for Mengoba red hails from two, slate-laden plots in the Bierzo mountains. The first plot (Mencia) is one of the truly great sites of the region called Espanillo, where the average age of the bush vines is 80 years. The second site (Garnacha Tintorera) accounting for 40 per cent of the blend, is a 30-year-old vineyard in Valtuille. A delicious wine with fleshy cherry and dark berry fruits: “A complex nose of dark cherries, mint and wet slate. The oak is integrated in the wine, giving it a spicy character, but without interfering with the aromas. The palate shows a medium-bodied wine with soft tannins, tasty, with intense flavours…” The Wine Advocate

Gregory Perez is one of the most talented growers in the Bierzo region. A native of Bordeaux, Gregory came to Bierzo in the early 2000’s where he worked extensively until he created his own project in 2007. He farms 5 hectares. His goal is to express the Bierzo region as vividly as possible through working with only native grapes and utilising natural winemaking methods such as fermenting all of his wines with wild yeasts and working with very little sulphur during the winemaking process. The results are wines that show an uncommon sense of purity and elegance not often associated with this region. Brezo is the label he created for his work as a negociant.

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