In the cellar – Petit Pittacum
Mencia, Petit Pittacum, Bierzo, 2014
The region of Bierzo, inland of Galicia in the northwest of Spain, benefits from a unique microclimate which aids the winemaking process.
Head winemaker Alfredo Marques and his team, are blessed with the valuable combination of mild temperatures and vineyards at a low altitude which prevent frosts ? allowing Alfredo to complete his harvest before many of his contemporaries.
Based in the historic town of Arganza, the Pittacum winery presides over 90 year old vines that produce wonderfully rustic wines dominated by the Mencia grape variety. Organic fertilisers are used and eco-friendly methods are employed throughout the estate to promote the health of these ageing vines ? a strategy that is clearly working as their produce improves with every harvest.
The Petit Pittacum is the baby wine of the estate, produced using fruit from younger vines. It is fresh, vibrant and displays intense colour and a particularly elegant nose of red fruit. With a subtle touch of wood and a juicy palate, this wine is an interesting alternative to a young Rioja and will act as the perfect partner to the Grand Sunday Lunch Buffet.
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