An Australian Wine Blog

Tuesday, 11 April 2017

d'Arenberg The Anthropocene Epoch Mencia 2016

relating to or denoting the current geological age, viewed as the period during which human activity has been the dominant influence on climate and the environment.

At the time of writing, only the fourth producer of Mencia - a grape of Spanish origin, largely found up in the rather hilly Ribeira Sacra - in Australia that i’m aware of, after Oliver’s Taranga (also McLaren Vale), La Linea (Adelaide Hills) and Dell'uva (Barossa Valley).

Vivid in the glass, smells exotic - Middle Eastern: pomegranate, hibiscus - really bright and somewhat evocative.

Thick, chewy, fairly substantive in the mouth. Silken, it glides across the palate - at striking contrast to this are meaty, somewhat ferrous tannins - provide an additional element for the palate to latch onto. Back palate shows a spike of heat/ acid, subsiding against the mouth-coating  tannin.  

A colourful addition to Australia’s technicolour winemaking landscape. 90

Tasted on: Thursday 30th March, a Fruit day
Source: Sample
Price: $29
Alcohol: 14.2%
Closure: Screwcap

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