Banzao Bierzo Almorelle 2020

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Last year I flew over to Spain to hunt down the perfect Mencía.

And as always, I checked in with my contacts beforehand to give me the lay of the land.

Two friends, whose palates I have the highest respect for, recommended a rising star of Bierzo, Silvia Marrao.

And this is her top wine.

It comes from a remote village called San Pedro de Olleros, high up in the Los Ancares mountains.

It’s in the middle of a beautiful UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, and it’s cooler and fresher up here than down in the main Bierzo valley.

It means the grapes are incredibly vibrant and healthy, and you can see this shine through in the wine.

Get ready for an incredible wine experience with this wine.

A complex, savoury and perfumed nose leads to a dense and creamy palate, with violets, sweet dark fruit and savoury notes. This is amazing quality - such elegant, intense and persistent flavours.

It reminds me of a top Côte de Nuits Burgundy and deserves to sit right in that category.

Silvia is a one-woman band, doing everything by hand and by herself.

And I’m so happy I’ve discovered this wine for you.

Due to very low stock there's a limit of two bottles per customer on this wine.

Wine type Red
Grape(s) Mencía
Country Spain
Region of origin BIERZO
Appellation Vino de Paraje "Almorelle"
Vintage 2020
Alcohol % 13
Oak? yes
Months in Oak 8,5 months
Type of Oak 225 l and 500 l french oak
Allergens (e.g. Milk, Egg, Fish, Nuts) sulfites
Average age of vines 80-90 years
Average altitude of vines (m) 750 m
Soil type(s) Slates with clay, pebbles and quartzites
Closure Type Natural cork
Is this wine organic? no. Agroecology receipts are followed
Biodynamic? no
Sustainably produced? yes
Suitable for vegans? yes
Ageing potential (years) 10/15 years
Ideal drinking window 2024-2034
Old cow steak from Ancares Valley with roasted red peppers (from Bierzo) and potatoes.

We know how important it is to get your wine order quickly and efficiently. So we’ve partnered with UPS to offer next-day delivery on our wines.

Here’s what you need to know:

  • It’s free - delivery is already included in the members' price
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We ship to the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland only. €2 per case is added to all Northern Ireland orders to cover additional shipping costs. The point of sale occurs in the Republic of Ireland.

Our minimum order requirement is 6 bottles and we ship in multiples of 6’s. This can be 6 different bottles!

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Customer Reviews

Based on 1 review
Carl (Dublin)

Lovely wine. Delicately perfumed. Lots of sour cherry and floral notes. Crunchy black fruit on the palate, great line of acidity for a fresh and long finish.

What a superb review – thank you Carl!

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