La Senda’s Mencia 2014 vintage is crafted from fruit grown from 60-year-old vines planted on chalky soils at 600 metres altitude. Here, the combination of concentrated fruit (from old vines) and cooling night-time Atlantic temperatures produces wonderfully balanced wines combining concentration with elegance.
La Senda practices non-intrusive agriculture and only use natural yeast in fermentation. The 2014 vintage was bottled without filtration to fully maximise the natural flavours of the fruit, and then aged for seven months in French oak to add subtle complexity. The name of the cuvée (1984) comes from the fact that Diego was born in that year, and George Orwell’s masterpiece happens to be his favourite book.
Intense cherry hue. Fresh minerally nose; fruity and aromatic nose of violets, flowers and red berries. Round, silky and velvety in the mouth with fine fruits and hints of toastiness. Well structured.
|Style||Oak aged red wine|
|Alcohol Content||13.5% Vol.|
I'm in the wild hills of north-west Spain, first in Galicia, then just across the border into Castilla y Leon, and I’m tasting something new. It’s mencia, a grape that creates wonderfully scented, deeply fruity red wines alive with strawberry, blackcurrant and mulberry juiciness. Mencia has something of the character of good Beaujolais, or Loire Valley cabernet franc, yet also a character of its own…reds made from mencia are very fashionable right now…especially trendy Bierzo. It’s inland from the Atlantic, and not as impossibly hot as some parts of Spain. That explains the perky acidity in these mouthwatering reds, not too heavy and versatile with food (perfect for cured meats).
Susy Atkins, The Daily Telegraph (Aug 2015)