Adega Algueira, Meren­zao, Ribeira Sacra 2014 De­canter average score: 95/100pts

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In­di­vid­ual judges’ scores: Pe­dro Balles­teros Tor­res MW 95 Sarah Jane Evans MW 95 Chris­tine Parkin­son 95 £32.70 Biben­dum PLB, Exel Also known lo­cally as Car­naz and Godello Tinto, Meren­zao is one and the same as the Jura’s Trousseau. Quite pos­si­bly trans­ported from east­ern France dur­ing a monas­tic pil­grim­age, the grape is clearly at home on the lo­cal schist, or losa. This is from 80-year-old vines grown on the small ter­races ( sol­ca­cos) cut into the steep hill­sides along the banks of the River Sil. Fer­nando Gonzáles Rive­rio and Ana Pérez have been tend­ing their 11ha of lo­cal va­ri­eties for more than 30 years. The wine is fer­mented with wild yeasts us­ing 100% whole clus­ters.

Pe­dro Balles­teros Tor­res MW Dis­creet and el­e­gant in its cherry fruit aro­mas, con­cen­trated yet smooth and suave in the mouth. De­li­cious.

Sarah Jane Evans MW Su­perbly ex­cit­ing, with loads of per­fumed fruit on the nose de­spite its de­cep­tively pale colour, while be­ing thrillingly fresh yet del­i­cate in the mouth with a tex­tured, lightly tan­nic fin­ish.

Chris­tine Parkin­son Pretty aro­mas of cut flow­ers and wild straw­berry. The palate is a lit­tle more savoury, with notes of toast and nut­shells ac­com­pa­ny­ing berry fruit. Long yet soft and sup­ple.

Drink 2017-2021 Al­co­hol 12.5%

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