La Linea mencia
Drop-dead beautiful crimson colour, and emphasis on fresh, bright fruit (hints of white pepper, red cherries and red flowers…); carried on a medium-weighted frame which is taut, with lovely gravelly but gentle tannins.
Mencia is a red grape with its home in north-western Spain, in the regions of
Bierzo, Ribeira Sacra and Valdeorras.
Here it has traditionally been made into light, relatively fragrant red for early
consumption. In recent years, more concentrated and complex wines have
resulted from some winemakers’ new interpretation of the variety.
Our Mencia is the only block in the Hills, as far as we know. It’s on one of the
most scenic sections of the beautiful Revenir vineyard at Lenswood: clay loam
running across the crest of a hill at approximately 500 m above sea level, with
great views (and exposure to ‘weather’…) to the south-west. The soil is shallow,
which ensures moderate vigour vines. Mencia likes it here: it grows with
attractive bright green foliage, and has demonstrated a capacity to develop large
bunches of evenly-coloured, medium-large round berries