Mencia is not a particularly well known grape variety here in Australia, at least not to me. I’m not personally aware of it being grown here (a reader can hopefully enlighten), and in double checking the interesting Vinodiversity site, it’s not listed as an alternative variety there either. It is a grape widely grown in north western Spain, including in Bierzo, its stocks improving in recent times.
The 2008 Petalos from Descendientes de J Palacios is garnet in colour, and had some serious tears around the rim of the glass. On the nose, a clean and intense fragrance of plums, dark cherries, plums, a touch of oak and spices. Some alcohol too. On the palate, quite elevated acidity, with pronounced tannins, some good persistence (around 10 seconds) and minerality. Rustic is a word I would use to describe this wine. I found the alcohol a little out of balance on the palate. It improved with aeration. 82 points.
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