Raul Perez - Ultreia de Valtuille, Bierzo, Spain (2019)
This is exactly the kind of wine that led the UK's premier wine publication, Decanter magazine to muse whether Perez is the best winemaker in the world.
An explosive nose with floral violet tones as well as licorice and red fruit with an earthy undertone. Firm in the mouth, but very nicely balanced with evident freshness. This single vineyard expression of Mencia amply demonstrates the grape's complexities. At once fresh but earthy, silky yet a touch wild. The kind of wine that stops you in your tracks before you realize just how fun and drinkable it is.
Named after the road (Ultreia) that runs from Bierzo towards Santiago de Compostela. Originating from one plot of 1.1 ha, planted in 1908 at an altitude of 530 m. The entire bunches undergo maceration and fermentation in large foudres for 90 days. Then élevage for 12 months in French oak barrels.