Pazo de Monterrey Mencía, DO Monterrei - Boutinot
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Pazo de Monterrey Mencía, DO Monterrei 2021

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Bodega Pazos del Rey

The Pazo de Monterrey wine labels show one of the typical carnival costumes from Verin in Monterrei - that of the 'Cigarrón'. Here, close to the Portuguese border, these masked figures are a key, and unique feature of the carnival, which takes place in the run-up to Easter.

Meet the producer

The Val de Monterrei is an area of unique microclimates in south-east Galicia. It is the only Galician region that lies...

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Production

From DO Monterrei, a small zone on the Galician border with Portugal - the area is best known for Godello-based whites, but is also capable of producing elegant and subtle reds from Mencia. The Mencia vines are over 20 yrs old, and grow at around 700m altitude. They are planted on sandy slate soils on the slopes of the Verin valley - near the villages of Oimbra, As Chás and Flariz. 50% of the grapes are fermented in stainless steel, and 50% in 5,000kg stainless steel open fermenters. The must undergoes delestage and pigéage, and maloloactic fermentation in barrel. It is aged for 3-6 months in 2-3 yr old French oak barrels.

Tasting notes

Delicately fragrant with layers of wild flowers and ripe red berries, backed by hints of pepper and spice from its brief time in French oak. An approachable, lighter style of red - chllable too!

Food match

Serve with traditional Galician empanadas!

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