VI LOF – OAK 2017

 

Lof

The harvest: The harvest of 100% Mencía grapes was done in September. Manually selected grapes in the vineyard. The picking is done in 20kg buckets so brunches arrive to the winery entire.

The vineyard: The grapes from each one of the plots are de-stemmed and elaborated separately in stainless steel tanks with spontaneous fermentation with natural yeast from Mencía. Once the fermentation is finished, 80% is aged separately in 225 litre French oak barrels, never new barrels to avoid an over woody flavour. The malolactic fermentation is made in the barrels and then 8 months of ageing is carried out.

The elaboration: The grapes from each one of the plots are de-stemmed and elaborated separately in stainless steel tanks with spontaneous fermentation with natural yeast from Mencía.

Once the fermentation is finished, 80% is aged separately in 225 litre French oak barrels, never new barrels to avoid an over woody flavour. The malolactic fermentation is made in the barrels and then 8 months of ageing is carried out.

During the ageing time some decantation is done in order to aerate the wine and natural clean it. There is no other filtering process done before the bottling so we try to enhance the structure and complexity.

After 8 months of ageing the coupage is done from the selection of the barrels together with the 20% young wine in so the wine is refreshed. The bottling is done in August and bottles are kept in rest without movements for some months, so the characteristics are integrated before going on sale.

DATOS TÉCNICOS:

Grapes: 100% Mencía from Valtuille de Abajo. El Bierzo.
Elaboration: Traditional. Without sparks. Coupage of barrels.
Harvest: Manually selected.
Bottling: August 2018. 4800 Bottles of 75 cl.
Age of vines: More than 80 years.
Alcohol: 13,5 %

TASTING NOTE:

• Red ruby with violet-shaded rim.
• Mencía very expressed fresh nose and high aromatic potential, boysenberry fruit notes, with strawberry and mulberry.
• In the mouth we feel velvety sensations with good acidity and much expressed tannin end. Emphasise the strength and fruitiness from the tannin. Combined it is an harmonic wine with a strong varietal identity.