Regina Viarum’s Mencia is a velvety smooth fruity red, with concentrated red and black fruits bursting out of the glass – no wonder it won a gold medal at this year’s International Wine Challenge.
Regina Viarum’s vineyards are situated in the heart of Ribeira Sacra on the steep slopes above the River Sil, in northwest Spain, and despite being a modern winery its origins are steeped in Roman tradition. The name Regina Viarum translates to what the Romans knew as the queen of roads, the Appian Way, named after the Roman Emperor Appius Claudius – and was one of the world’s most important roads, leading to Rome, along which wine was transported.
Ripe, fruity high notes of red fruits with lovely minerality underneath. Fresh attack on the palate with a round and velvety structure and complexity through fermentation in small wooden barrels. Charming, open and accessible, a great rendition of this ancient variety, which makes a great food pairing with meat, oily fish and game.
|Winemaker||Pablo Ibañez Sarmiento|
|Style||Unoaked red wine|
|Region||D.O. Ribeira Sacra|
|Alcohol Content||13.5% Vol.|
Ribera Sacra is a spectacularly beautiful region, with vineyards on steep terraces overlooking the River Sil. Wine has been made here since Roman times, and this ancient association inspired the name of this HGA winery. There are 16 hectares of vines here: 11 hectares near the winery and then 5 ha on the hill opposite.