2013 LALAMA, Dominio do Bibei. Ribeira Sacra, NW Spain
Alcohol Percentage: 13%
Area: Ribeira Sacra is a key region for quality red wines in the far north west of Spain (an area most famous for many of Spain's best white wines, including Albarino). Although the general area is cool (being northerly and coastal), this is actually from the sub-region of Quiroga-Bibei, which is drier and hotter and produces wines with more intensity.
Grape Variety: 90% Mencia, 10% 'other' (Brancellao, Mouratón, Sousón, and Garnacha); matured for over a year in big, old oak barrels.
Producer: Owner Javier Domínguez follows a fairly 'natural' approach to winemaking. The vineyard is managed organically, using some biodynamic principles, although not certified as such. Juice and wine is moved by gravity, everything is stored and matured in older wood or cement - no shiny new wood (which is still so dominant in Spain).
Old Bridge Rating: Quite serious and intense for our 'light, bright' section but this does have beautiful, fresh fruitiness allied to a quite serious structure. Mencia is a really exciting grape variety, only recently discovered internationally.
Press Reviews: "Bright crimson. Sweet, floral, soft and delicate. What a joy! Easy peasy. Oak very unmarked. Super-juicy. Light and fresh." Jancis Robinson, June 2018
"From vines up to 100 years old planted on steep, high-altitude slopes, this Mencia-based blend spends 20 months in barrel and foudres and 16 more in bottle. Perfumed, juicy and expressive. Limited stocks". 92/100 - Decanter Magazine, September 2018.
£19.95 per bottle
£18.95 per bottle in a mixed case of 6 bottles
£17.96 per bottle in a mixed case of 12 bottles