Godelia Viernes Mencia 2014
El Bierzo - Spain
$23.00(no stock available)
|Wine Maker||Godelia Mencia|
|Spain's lesser known, but incredibly versatile grape is found growing in high altitude vineyards, producing fruity but freshly acidic red wines.|
|Mencia wines tend to be relatively full bodied, and packed full of red fruit flavours, peppery spiciness and a surprising amount of minerality, thanks to the mineral-rich soils of the Galician vineyards they’re grown in. Really, you want to be pairing this wine with hearty, rustic dishes from the Spanish and French countryside - think cassoulet, bean and meat stews, and Serrano ham and Manchego cheese.|
|Food||Pizza, Italian, Antipasto|
This wine's story
What do you get when you combine some of Spain’s most beautiful countryside, a fascinating set of native grape varietals, generations of Galician winemaking expertise, and a thoroughly 21st century approach to sustainability, expression and taste? The answer would be something like Godelia Mencia. This winery is situated in El Bierzo, a stunning part of Spain once famed for its gold mines, and now home to many of the country’s finest vineyards, thanks to its mineral rich soils and ideal temperate climatic conditions.
Godelia Mencia is also on the path of one of Europe’s most famous religious pilgrimages: Camino de Santiago. While plenty of pilgrims stop off at the winery while they’re on their long walk to Santiago, you don’t have to be a believer to recognise that the wines produced here are really something rather special. The winery is an old one, and has been passed down through the same set of families for generations, and while Godelia’s current owners use state-of-the-art technology and equipment to get the very best from their fruit, the traditional heart of the business shines through. Today, it covers 35 hectares, and specialises in native Galician grapes such as Mencia - a grape only grown in El Bierzo - which produce wines of remarkable character and finesse.
The Mencia grape is a relatively unknown varietal outside of its homeland in Galicia, and in parts of Portugal. It’s a remarkable red grape, capable of producing wines which are highly age-worthy thanks to its relatively full bodied and tannic character. Fruity, floral, peppery and extremely aromatic, it’s a really fascinating grape which tends to present flavours of sour cherry, and red fruits like pomegranate.
Mencia wines tend to be relatively full bodied, and packed full of red fruit flavours, peppery spiciness and a surprising amount of minerality, thanks to the mineral-rich soils of the Galician vineyards they’re grown in. Really, you want to be pairing this wine with hearty, rustic dishes from the Spanish and French countryside - think cassoulet, bean and meat stews, and Serrano ham and Manchego cheese.
Godelia is a relatively young project, as far as Spanish wine goes! The wines come from a combination of very old schist-soiled mountain vines and maturing vines from the clay hill-slopes in the centre of the valley.
The now 20+ year old vines and some 90 year old bush vines in the mountains are used to create Viernes (translates as Friday – a good time to drink this wine!) - a fresh, vital expression of Bierzo’s native grape Mencia
This features a lovely red dirt aroma – the smell of the clay and cherries. Rich plum fruit laced with dark cooking spices - cloves, nutmeg and peppercorns. The palate of soft juicy fruit is touched with gentle earthy tannin throughout. There’s a sweet, slightly vegetal spice in the mouth and soft acid at the back achieves freshness and vitality to close. Delicious.