Powerful old vine Mencia, spicy and full flavoured that would go well with grilled meats
The Merayo family have been growing grapes for generations in Bierzo and one look at Pedro's immaculate vineyards suggests he knows what he's doing. The bulk of Pedro's 25 hectares of ancient vines were inherited from his father but Bodegas Merayo and the new winery (housed in a converted apple store) were established as recently as 2010.
The key to the Merayo wines are the ancient Mencia bushvines. Even the entry level wine is made from +80 year old vineyards. All vineyards are handpicked, gentle fruit handling in both the vineyard and winery, temperature controlled ferments and sensitive oak ageing in french and American oak are the hallmarks of the Merayo wines
Tasting Note: Cherry red with violet hues. Intense, fresh, elegant nose where red fruit, strawberry and raspberry sensations dominate, as well as floral and violet notes. In the background, very well integrated vanilla, tobacco and minerals. Elegant and silky. On the palate it is fresh, with red fruit. Round, soft, silky tannin. Balanced acidity, freshness and varietal notes dominate in perfect harmony with wood flavours that give the wine complexity. The oak aging is well integrated and very elegant.
Critics: Decanter - Highly Recommended 90/100 (March 2019), 94 points James Suckling