Located on the steep banks of the river Sil in the majestic beauty of Ribeira Sacra lies Adega Algueira. At the top of the banks, amongst chestnut and oak trees, lies the winery built in the Romanesque style to mimic the monasteries crafted by monks in this area back in the 12thCentury. Of course the monks brought with them the need for wine and so they began planting vines along the banks of the Sil. Here the vineyards are on very steep inclines and planted on terraces made from pure schist soils, much like Cote-Rotie or the Mosel. The schist soils, steep inclines and tempering effects of the river provide the perfect micro climate for producing truly special and unique wines.
This is one young, unoaked 2016 Mencia looking to be an everyday wine, easy to drink that still shows the varietal character, with some notes of honey and beeswax intermixed with wild berries and an herbal twist. The palate is vibrant and has acidity and clout to develop nicely in bottle. You can drink this now and enjoy the freshness of the fruit or wait and get some more complexity. 90,000 bottles produced.