2021 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, liquorice and crushed rocks. On the nervy and lithe 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 energetic mineral laced tannin.
Medium bodied but intense, this wine has the moreish-ness we look for in restaurant wines. Serve it cool, splash it in a decanter to allow it to open up, and drink with rustic paprika and garlic marinated wood fired lamb chops... balance with a side of perky leaf and leafy salad from Ngeringa’s bio-dynamic garden.