2020 Ministry of Clouds McLaren Vale Mencía
With warm dry summers, and cool wet winters, the Mediterranean climate of McLaren Vale is a very happy home for the Iberian varieties native to Spain and Portugal. Mencía (“Men-thee-ah”) hails from in and around Galicia in North West Spain, in particular Bierzo, Valdeorras, and Riberia Sacra where low yielding schisty hillsides are producing deeply coloured, medium bodied, but deliciously aromatic wines..
Deeply purple in colour, this wine has the lifted floral aromatics of Mencía showing sour cherry, pomegranate, and black liquorice. On the palate, the layered succulent fruit characters that Mencía is known for come to the fore, showing mid-weight blackcurrant and raspberry fruit, built upon a bedrock of mineral laced tannin.
Medium bodied, but intense, this wine has the moreish-ness that we look for in restaurant wines, serve it cool, splash it in a decanter to allow it to relax, and serve with rustic, paprika and garlic marinated meat on the chargrill, and a perky leaf salad from Ngeringa’s bio-dynamic garden.