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Viña Altamar Barrel Select Mencia

2011
D.O. Bierzo
Grape variety: 100% Old Vines Mencia
Age of vines: +60 years old
Vineyards: Villa Franca de Bierzo and Cacabellos
Yield: 20 hl/ha
Ageing: 9 months
Oak Profile: French oak barrels of 225L

A wine collection from the famous appellations in Castilla y Leon: Rueda, Toro, Bierzo and Ribera del Duero. Unique regions that have vines that are up to 120 years old. These vines are survivors of plagues, wars as well as rapid growth and industrialization. Viña Altamar means "Vine of the High Sea"; each wine created has come just from that, a careful selection of only the best high altitude vineyards sitting more than 800 meters above the sea.

Our danish winemaker, David Tofterup has crafted a collection of wine, where the varieties, terroir and his personality is reflected. Come and lose yourself in the richness of Spanish history.

Winemaking

The grapes were handpicked at the optimum stage of ripeness in the first weeks of October. Gentle de-stemming and crushing. Cold soaked at 5ºC during 48 hours. Vinification was temperature controlled fermentation in stainless tanks of 30.000 kilos beginning at 20-22ºC and finishing at 25-26ºC with manual pump over. Up to 15-20 days maceration. After malolactic fermentation the was racked to French oak barrels of 225 liters where it was 9 months.

Tasting notes

Deep lively purple red color. Intense youthful nose with aromas reminiscent of black cherries, wild berries and rich touch of oak, cappuccino, cigar box and hints of minerality. Full bodied wine with a refreshing acidity and chewy tannins. It is a wine with a long fresh fruity finish.

Analytical data

Alcohol: 14.00%
Residual Sugar: <2.00 gr/L
Total Acidity: 4.91 gr/L
pH: 3.61
Volatile Acidity: 0.61 gr/L

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