VER SACRUM Dona Mencia de los Andes, Los Chacayes - Uco Valley 2016/17 Bottle
Red Still Wine | Argentina | Mendoza | 75cl
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Closure Type: Cork
Wine Style: Medium Bodied
Mencia from Mendoza; who'd have thought it? Wine geeks will no doubt buy this just because of the intrigue – and they won't be disappointed. This is highly aromatic with lots of dried flowers – almost garrigue-like notes – cherry-drop candy, almonds, a burst of black cherry and a hint of black olive. Ever so sensuous in the mouth with lovely tension and fruit expression, we suspect this wine will age beautifully. This bears very little resemblance to Mencia from north west Spain (and we are big fans of that too!); it has an elegance rarely found there without extensive bottle ageing and it seems that the earthiness is replaced here by fruit and flowers.
93 / 100, Descorchados 2020 (2017 vintage)
For meaty fish like swordfish and monkfish the range of wine styles to choose from increases, as rosés and lighter reds will often work better than whites.
For example, monkfish wrapped in bacon, given how meaty the fish is and the depth of flavour gained from the bacon, lends itself towards a fruity red low in tannins like the gorgeous Argentine Mencia from Ver Sacrum.