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Awarded 95 points and Outstanding status by Decanter (www.decanter.com) in their November 2017 edition review of Spanish Atlantic Reds (see blue links below).
Algueira Merenzao 2014 - October 2017 Decanter review
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Awarded 92 points and Highly Recommended status by Decanter (www.decanter.com) in their January 2018 edition article: The Most Exciting Wines of 2017 (see blue link below).
Adega Algueira Merenzao RIberira Sacra 2014 - January 2018 Decanter review
Adega Algueira is responsible for producing some of the most interesting and esoteric wines this side of the equator.
The estate's vineyards all lie on pure schist soils with very steep inclines, so many of the vineyards are terraced, meaning that virtually all work - including harvesting - is done by hand. Average vine age of the are 80 years.
Merenzao is the local Galician name for the grape: it is known as Trousseau in France and Bastardo in Portugal.
The grapes are (most unusually) trodden by foot in large oak vats in which fermentation is conducted with wild/natural yeasts. There is then a short post-fermentative maceration. Wines are aged in old French oak barrels for 12 months and a further 12 months in bottle.
Light, bright red. High-pitched red berry and floral scents are complemented by zesty mineral and peppery spice notes. Fresh, focused and spicy on the palate, offering fresh redcurrant and raspberry flavors and a refreshingly bitter touch of blood orange. Puts on weight with aeration and picks up a succulent herb nuance that carries through a long, mineral-laced and subtly tannic finish.
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