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  • 354. Bierzo DO 2016 Cal

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    Verónica Ortega

    100% Godello (12.5% alc.)

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    This is the second vintage of this beautiful wine that comes from 30yo vines (giving tiny grapes) planted in the limestone (cal)- a very rare soil in Bierzo where slate and clay is more usual - above an old quarry near the town of San Juan de la Mata. Macerated on the skins overnight, it is aged for 14 months 50% in 800ltr amphoras and 50% in 1yo 228ltr and 600ltr barrels without the use of sulphur until a touch was added at bottling. As the ph of the wine here is so low (3.05) and the acidity so high the wine did not go through malo-lactic fermentation (it wasn’t blocked by sulphur). It is an intensely mineral wine, with a zesty fruit, giving notes of green tea, almonds, chamomile with a fresh vertical mouth-feel, and marked salinity which enhances its vibrant energy. For drinking now to 2019.

  • 355. Bierzo DO 2016 Quite

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    Verónica Ortega

    100% Mencia (13% alc.)

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    Verónica is based in Valtuille de Abajo, and this wine comes from various parcels of organically tended vines around the village (averaging 80yo) planted in the typical sandy, red clay soils (where there is quite a high iron content) giving a yield averaging 25hh. Verónica’s father was a bullfighter and Quite is a bullfighting term meaning to offer a helping hand. Given a 15 day cuvaison and aged for seven months, half in 800ltr amphoras and half in 2-3yo barrels, it has an excellent texture, most attractive mulberry and brambly fruit and floral hints with some liquorice and nutmeg. So delicious and easy to drink. For drinking now to 2020.

  • 356. Bierzo DO 2016 Cobrana

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    Verónica Ortega

    85% Mencia, 15% mix of Doña Blanca, Palomino, Godello etc (13% alc.)

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    This is the first vintage of this wine, which is made from a small parcel of 90yo vines in Cobrana, one of the highest altitude, coolest vineyards of Bierzo at 750m, in the north east of the DO where the soils are a decomposing slate with red clay. Here it was traditional to co-plant different grape varieties, red and white. Made from 100% whole bunches aged in a mix of amphoras and older barrels for 13 months, Verónica has fashioned another exquisite wine, which has both a very floral nose with dried rose notes, attractive strawberry and raspberry fruit, with balsamic and menthol in the background, fresh and elegant at the same time. For drinking now to 2021.

  • 357. Bierzo DO 2015 Roc

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    Verónica Ortega

    100% Mencia (13.5% alc.)

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    Verónica’s finest and longest-lived wine (named with the initials of her oldest brother who sadly passed away) comes from two small parcels of vines averaging 100yo planted in the sandy clays of Valtuille de Abajo. Here the sands give more aromatic finesse and precision to the fruit, complementing the muscular side conferred by the clay. Made from 100% whole bunches and gently extracted over 20 days, it was aged in 2-3yo barrels for 14 months. There’s a darker fruited character to this wine with black cherries, brambly fruit and violets on the nose with hints of incense, all of which you’ll taste on the palate with a herbal note too. Medium-bodied it is a subtle, deep, complex wine with fine tannic structure and very good balance that’s built to last. For drinking now to 2024.