Ribeira Sacra

'Finca Pombeiras' Single Vineyard Mencía 2020


Pombeiras is the coolest climate single site - 70-year-old vines planted on granite and quartz over pizzara, south-east facing to the rising sun. Fermented in large 20-year-old 'Cuba' French oak with 10% stems, all whole bunches, for 60 days, then aged 10 months in 5-year-old 500l French barrels. Pombeiras means 'pigeons'.

Satin perfumed, with richness, great structure and spice. Red berry fruit, red florals too, with the typical billy tea tin tang, but here with a peachy-fleshy outreach, hibiscus floral and plummy, but never wandering too far from the steely underpinning memory of the slate. Marvellously agrodulce, sweet and sour twitch and swap around a fleshy and fluid core of delicately floral, evanescent fruit.