Aba Solleira Ribeira Sacra Mencía 2018

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If the jaw-dropping scenery, stunning medieval buildings and gorgeous Galician food of Ribeira Sacra weren't enough, the wine is pretty good too...

  • The main grape variety here is Mencía, which you’ll also find down the road in Bierzo. It's closer to the Atlantic coast here so you get a fresher and more elegant style of red
  • The combination of granite and slate soils give the wines great depth and complexity - usually at a very gluggable 12-13% alcohol
  • And you can't but admire the human achievement to make great wine from the land here. It’s harsh, steep and remote - they’ve been refining their craft for hundreds of years.

Given the conditions, it’s a region of small, fragmented production. So you need to know the best producers, and Carlos Rodríguez is right up there in Ribeira Sacra.

After 20 years’ consulting for big wineries in Rioja, he started his own project called Aba Solleira in 2017, where his wife Emi and her family are from.

The 2018 was their second vintage, and shows you exactly what good Mencía from this part of the world is all about.

It's a blend of a handful of south-facing plots on granite soils. It’s a bright, fresh and creamy red starting to turn beautifully earthy and savoury with age. If you like a good Marsannay or Crozes Hermitage, then this is for you! 

Wine type Red
Grape(s) %'s Mencia 100%
Country Spain
Region of origin Galicia
Appellation Ribeira Sacra
Vintage 2018
Alcohol % 12.50%
Oak? 60 % of the wine aged in oak
Months in Oak 12
Type of Oak tank of 3500 liters, french oak
Allergens (e.g. does it contain Milk, Egg, Fish, Nuts) sulphites
Average age of vines 25
Average altitude of vines (m) 350
Soil type(s) granite
Closure Type DIAM
Is this wine organic? no 100% but mostly
Biodynamic? no 100% but mostly
Sustainably produced? yes
Suitable for vegans? yes
Ageing potential (years) 5-6 years
Ideal drinking window (e.g. 2021-25) 2020-2024

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Customer Reviews

Based on 1 review
Tim Brophy (Nenagh)
Gloriously complex

This wine is a reminder of why winespark.com is such a really good idea. Without it I would never have tasted this. It is everything Éamonn says. The longer our meal, Duck Confit, went on the more flavours appeared. Éamonn compared it to a Croze Hermitage and he is not wrong but it has the extra advantage of a low alcohol content so particularly lovely in Summer - even a miserable summer like this one. I will be buying it again.

Thanks Tim I'm delighted you enjoyed this and the food match sounds sublime!

cheers Eamon

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