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Akilia 'Villa San Lorenzo' Mencia, Bierzo, Castilla y León, Spain 2021

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MENCIA
LIGHT & CRUNCHY and CHILLABLE RED
ORGANIC FARMING
NATURAL WINE
BIERZO and CASTILLA Y LEON
SPAIN

Making some of Bierzo's most elegant wines, Mario Rovira organically tends a handful of vineyards in the San Lorenzo district of the region, just south of Ponferrada. After his training at La Fleur Petrus and Quintessa, Mario set out to find a region with old vines, indigenous varieties, interesting soils, slopes, and a cool climate. After an extensive search, he found the San Lorenzo district of Bierzo. The San Lorenzo district of Bierzo is higher and cooler than where most small producers work. Mario crafts his wines in a highly specific and intentional way, with great thought behind each decision and a focus on minimal intervention - gentle processing, slow and cool spontaneous fermentations, and low SO2.

  • Winemaker: Mario Rovira
  • Farming: Certified organic. Mario lightly tills in alternating rows each year to encourage deep rooting, as these vines were abandoned for so long and developed some superficial roots.
  • Variety: Mostly Mencía with ~2% Garnacha Tintorera (Alicante Bouchet)
  • Terroir: 90% from the 75-year-old Fontairo vineyard and 10% from the 98-year-old Villarín vineyard. Cool climate with cold nights. Fontairo is a 3.5ha west facing slope with slate/sand/quartzite over clay soils. Villarín is a 1ha east facing slope with slate and quartz over clay soils.
  • Vinification: Hand harvested in small bins on August 26. Spontaneous fermentation with 20% carbonic maceration in a separate fermenter.
  • Aging: Aged 9 months in concrete and used oak. Low total SO2 (32 mg/L). Bottled unfined and unfiltered.
  • Production: 1,000 cases
  • Tasting Note: Floral, crunchy, and peppery. 
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