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Valtuille - La Cova de la Raposa
2014 Mencía


Vineyard: 530 meters above sea level, steep south facing slope.
Soil Type: Sandy.
Vine Age: Pre-phyloxeric vineyard.
Irrigation: No irrigation
Harvest Date:
Yield: 1 500 kg per hectare, tiny yields.


La Cova de la Raposa is a pre-phylloxera single vineyard, with
extremely low yields, the total production is 500 bottles. 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 12 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 planted against a steep south facing slope and
influenced by its unique soil and micro-climate.
It is bigger and richer than the other single vineyard wines made by
Castro Ventosa, this is due to the vineyard looking due south,
located on a warm slope.

Tasting Notes:

Color: Deep violet.
Nose: Rich bouquet with dark berry, five spice and smoky
minerals with white pepper.
Palate: It is ripe and bold with fine tannins. It is focused and
pure along with rich dark fruits. It is opulent and fresh
at the same time. Lingering finish with a good grip.
Other: It will pair well with feathered game such as roast
pheasant or partridge alternatively with goose or
guinea fowl.

Chemical Analysis:

Alc (%): 14
RS (g/l):
TA (g/l):