This wine is the result of an exciting collaboration in North West Spain between Spanish wunderkind, Raúl Pérez, and baby of the Graillot bunch, Antoine. The Mencia grape has become fashionable with sommeliers worldwide due to its versatility – combining red cherry flavours with a fresh crunch.
Pure, de-stemmed Mencia from three parcels of vines in Bierzo’s Valtuille (clay) and Otero (north-facing schist) villages is vinified in concrete (at Antoine’s insistence) and aged in large oak tanks at Raul’s own winery. The word ‘Encinas’ means ‘oak’ in Spanish, as depicted on the label.
The grapes came from different plots of old vines in different villages (Otero and Valtuille) and fermented with 100% full clusters in concrete vats; the wine matured in a large oak vat. It has a complex nose that intermixes aromas of violets, smoked meats, earth and licorice, quite subtle and harmonious. It’s open and expressive, quite attractive and clean, with a medium-bodied palate and very fine tannins. It finishes long and tasty, almost salty.