Bodegas Avancia is located in obarco de valdeorras, in the heart of valdeorras. 90% mencía, 10% garnacha tintorera, mouratón (juan garcía), gran negro, sousón, cariñena aeiroá. Single vineyard with three small parcels located on the southern bank of the river sil on 30˚ slopes. Oriented northeast. planted 1948-1963. Traditional dry farmed viticulture. bodegas avancia practices organic and does not use any chemically synthesized fungicides, pesticides, herbicides, or fertilizers. Primarily slate soils intermixed with small quantities of quartz. Mediterranean/continental climate with an atlantic influence. Very cold winters and very warm summers.
A field blend from one of the oldest and most heroic vineyards in valdeorras, avancia mencía viñas viejas is a small production wine that exemplifies the style of the reds of valdeorras - ethereal, mineral, floral, lifted, but with a glass staining youthful concentration that sets itself from other galician reds. As a northern oriented vineyard site, aeiróa ripens patiently and late in the season, which allows the grapes to maintain high levels of acidity and balance. A percentage of carbonic maceration and stem inclusion brings a crunchy texture and lift to an otherwise powerful wine.
Hand harvested in 10kg crates for transportation to the winery. Sorting of the bunches at the winery followed by pre-fermentative maceration and fermentation in 600l open-top neutral french barrels. 1/3 of the production went through maceration and fermentation on whole clusters, 2/3 with a traditional destemmed (but not crushed) elaboration. Very soft extraction, seeking high quality tannins. Pressed in a small, vertical basket press. Malolactic fermentation in used 225l french barrique followed by 8 months in barrel. Eight months in used french oak barrique (2nd through 5th use). Aged for a further four months in bottle before release.