Cuvée: A Senda Vermelha
Grapes: Caiño 60%, Mencia 40%
About: a new wine for 2020, and a red! From local grape Caiño and Mencia grown in the Rias Baixas, giving just 10.5%, it’s lithe, and super refreshing, but with typical Nanclares complexity, nuance and reserve of aromatics and structure. 20% of the first year is blended with 80% of the second.
Location: from five plots from 4 growers, in Barro, Cambados, Vilanova and Portas, near the sea.
Size ha: 2.
Age: planted between 1930 and 2000.
Soils: granitic with some sand.
Exposition: south-west and west.
Altitude: up to 50m.
Average yield hl/ha: 20.
Climate: Atlantic, cold in winter, hot in summer, likelihood of fog and humid conditions all year.
Hand harvested, with a selection in the vineyard, moved to the winery in 15kg crates. Whole bunches foot-trodden in tank and barrel. Ferments in 60% large oak barrels and 40% in inox, 21 days on skins. Pressed and returned to same vessels to age on lees 20 months and 9 months. Natural yeasts, no additives except a light dose of sulphites. Bottled without clarification or filtration. Aged in bottle 10 months before release.
Vintage Notes 2017/18 (20% / 80%)
Yield hl/ha: 20
Bottles produced: 3,900
Date bottled: 2019-08
Alcohol %: 10.50
SO2 Total: 80
Tasting: from tank after blending tank and barrel 2018-12, loved it, medicinal, licorice, rose, plum, caramel aromatics, palate is thrilling, super vibrant, high acidity, yet intense and balanced, vegetal red berry fruit, peppery, earthy, umeboshi, clean, persistent. Very fine structure. A winner.