2018 Bodegas Albamar Fusco Mencia

Bodegas Albamar |Rias Biaxas |Mencia
A fresh and well balanced Mencia with a bit of spice, from the Atlantic region of Spain.

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The Fusco Mencia from Albamar is a bit of an odd ball wine from this producer, as it comes from inland Galicia, far from the sea, where all their estate vineyards lie.

From the sub-region of Chantada, it comes off vines that are between 30 and 40 years old, planted on granite and clay soil and bathed by a continental climate. While Fusco is the Galician word for night or darkness, this wine is quite the opposite; bright, fresh, and very lively. Full of red fruits, and flowers, alongside some primary sweet spice.

Whilst the producer is much more known for his collection of Albarinos, this, his first red wine, showcases his talent and deft touch with this mid-weight varietal.

Destemmed and fermented in stainless steel without any type of oak treatment, for 20 days. Fermentation is spontaneous with native yeast. Rests on lees for between 4 and 6 months in stainless steel tanks before being bottles with no fining or filtration.

90 Points - "Mencia is a great grape, I reckon. Fresh-feeling wines emerge. Never really drink it beyond five years of age, but hey, why not pillage?

Cherry and woody spice, some bramble and alpine herb character to sniff on. Flavours lean into cherry juice, resinous, alpine herb character with a smudge of gummy tannin and crisp acidity under all that. Nice drink, charming, quite simple, high acid, fresh-feeling, soft red. Good." Mike Bennie Dec 2020 (Wine Front)

93 Points - "Ribeira Sacra. There was a whole lot of fuss about Mencia some years ago, which seems to have subsided, though there’s no doubt that it’s a wonderful grape variety.
Chocolate dipped hazelnuts, mulberry and boysenberry, dried rose and herb. It’s medium bodied, distinctly ‘mineral’ feel to the acidity, silty tannin, a pleasing almost muddy feel, brightening up on the finish with grip and blood orange tang. Feels very unforced and is a delight to drink. Recommended." Gary Walsh Oct 2019 (Wine Front)

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