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Valtuille - La Cova de la Raposa
2009 Mencía

Viticulture

Vineyard: 600 metres altitude south facing vineyard with 872 vines over 1.4 ha.
Soil Type: Sandy soil and chalk.
Vine Age: Over 100 years old.
Irrigation: No irrigation
Harvest Date:
Yield: 500 bottles produced from 872 vines.

Vinification:

La Cova de la Raposa is a pre-phylloxera single vineyard, with extremely low yields. This is an 85% Mencia wine blended with other local varietals such as 3% Alicante, 2% Gros Cabernet, locally known as Bastardo, and the rest is a mix of other local grapes.
Handpicked in the early hours, fermented in open 500 liters French oak barrels, long maceration up to 90 days long. Aged in French oak barrels for 20 months.
Made using traditional methods especially stomping the grapes.
This wine was not clarified or filtered prior to bottling, 500 bottles made, the bottles are numbered by hand.
La Cova de la Raposa as a wine is a true representation of the terroir it comes from with its steep south facing slope, its unique soil and micro-climate.

Tasting Notes:

Color: Opaque ruby.
Nose: Rich perfume with red and dark berries mixed with Asian spices.
Palate: It is powerful with intense raspberry and blackberry, with notes of violet in the middle ending on an elegant note with lingering spices and fruits.
Other: This wines is very elegant and powerful at the same time, it will age very well over the next 15 to 20 years.
It is a versatile food pairing wine, it will compliment a wide variety of dishes from elaborate game dishes to squid cooked in its ink, it also goes particularly well with Manchego cheese.

Chemical Analysis:

Alc (%): 14.5
RS (g/l):
TA (g/l):
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