$47.50 inc GST

2020 Mencia

Winemaker notes:
Crushed and destemmed into stainless steel, alcoholic fermentation with hand plunging twice a day stainless steel vats for 7 days. Pressed into a combination of French and American oak barrels. Post MLF returned into same barrels for maturation.  Alc/vol: 11.7%

Mencía (“men-thee-ah”) is a light to medium-bodied red wine grape that produces high quality wines with floral and red fruit flavours.  Mencía’s home of origin is in Spain and Portugal on the Iberian peninsula. What makes Mencía special is it has shown the ability to age like other fine wines and it offers rich aromas in the glass. If you love Pinot Noir and other aromatic reds then Mencía is something worth trying.

Ageing:
5 months in French and American Hogsheads both new and used.

Tasting notes:
This wine will sing to your soul. It is superbly defined with supple tannins, refreshing acidity, inviting aromas, and elegant shape. Parading flavours of sour cherry, red currant and pomegranate that will send lovers of elegant red wines into a swoon.

Food Match:
Matches well with a variety of dishes such as: seafood paella, mushroom risottos, portabello mushroom steak, salty tapas plates involving fried fish, olives and cured ham, white cheddar etc.

Awards / Reviews:

2021 Cairns Wine Awards – Bronze Medal

QWine Reviews  – “This release from Hidden Creek leans more towards the savoury spectrum and sits just under medium-bodied. This is a wine sure to win a new legion of fans. Red currants and sour cherries early, touches of rhubarb and earthy feels too, it is certainly a wine that jumps out of the blocks. Scents of sarsparilla and French polish also get my attention. Sourced from the Riverland, some tension is evident early but that eases off, dusty tannins cool their heels with more time in the glass and show a softer side. The fruit slides through a little quicker than expected with a bright red apple acidity clinging to a long and persistent finish surrounded by a smattering of spices. Pizza, pasta, burgers, paella – this has all those bases covered.”

Drink now to three years.  91/100