Mencia is a native variety of Spain, in particular the Bierzo region in the northwest of the country. It has been enjoying a rebirth of prominance in its home country, and Oliver's Taranga are the first to plant it in Australia.
We are still learning every year, and while the vines are still juvenile, we decided to get our whole cellar door team on board to learn more about the winemaking process - and as such the 'Chica' Mencia Rose was born!
Lightning struck the vineyard & fried part of the row! With the spring leading up to the 2017 vintage being the wettest on record, there were plenty of storms. All season there were a number of massive lightning storms that got a bit scary. The whole state lost power in some spots for a number of days in September. We had a particularly close lightning hit in November that melted solenoids in the irrigation system, but we couldn't find where it had hit.
After a week or so, we began to see a section of dying vines, and we investigated further. A number of the vines were split, the wire was burnt, the dripper lines melted, and the posts cracked open as well. The direct hit vines died, and the new growth was fried off a number of adjacent vines in a circle. Light, fresh, savoury, lemony acid with a bit of raspberry tea like tannin for texture. Corinna Wright
Salt cured watermelon, cured meats, fresh lime and hibiscus flower. Flavour bursts from the glass, prosciutto wrapped watermelon, mojito limey palate and loads of texture.
STEVE LESZCZYNSKI - QWINE
Bone dry and moreish. I look outside and see blue skies and sunshine - the perfect partner for this. Raspberry, watermelon and red fruit aromas. The back label refers to the ‘white of the watermelon’ and that’s exactly what you taste. And you get that crunch too. A fun and refreshing drink - best I take it outside and soak up that sunshine with a generous glass. Find this.'
MIKE BENNIE - WINE BUSINESS MAGAZINE
Mencia given a lease of life in rose from the clever winemaking of Corrina Wright. It's a fragrant, rose petal and cranberry scented wine of pretty spice, floral notes and a judicious dusting of peppery spice.'
GARY WALSH - THE WINE FRONT
Watermelon, fennel and redcurrant. Clean and light, yet flavoursome enough, a herbal edge playing through the red fruits gives it a pleasant crunchiness, subtle chalky texture, and a brisk fresh lightly peppery finish rounds it off. Nice. Easy to smash.'
JAMES HALLIDAY - HALLIDAY'S WINE COMPANION
Pale salmon colour. Succulent and lively with rosehip and redcurrant flavours swishing through the palate. There's a gentle tartness to the finish; it works as a positive, contributing to the wine's crunchy feel.'
A new variety on the rose scene, mencia the variety is a native of north-western Spain and neighbouring Portugal and renowned for its fragrance and vibrant fruit and spicy savouries. Crafted here in fashionable pale pink, crisp, pithy and refreshing, there’s no better description possible than winemaker Corrina Wright’s own: “Like eating a watermelon right down to the white bits.”'