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2019 Verónica Ortega Kinki, Bierzo

( €21.80, 11.2%, Cuvee 3000, Decantalo )

The intriguingly named Kinki is a very unusual Bierzo for several reasons. First, it’s a co-fermenteation of Mencía with Alicante Bouschet and 30% white grapes (Godello, Palomino and Doña Blanca); second it has only 11.2% alcohol; and third it is fermented and aged in a combination of amphoras and larger barrels. Pale, delicate and elegant, with some clove spice from 100% whole bunch fermentation, flavours of watermelon, wild strawberry and pomegranate, racy acidity and a hint of reduction. Bierzo meets the Côte de Beaune.

BuyDrinking window: 2020-25Similar Wines: €20-30, 90-94, Spain, Red, Alicante Bouschet, Mencia, Doña Blanca, Godello, Palomino
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2019 Verónica Ortega Quite, Bierzo

( €11.90, 13%, Decantalo )

Wonderfully fresh, juicy and appealing, Quite is a reference to Verónica Ortega’s father, the famous bullfighter Rafael Ortega (the term is used when someone lends a helping hand in the bull ring), and is all about perfume and fruit. There’s  good underlying concentration here too – the vines from which it comes are all over 80 years’ old and combine Mencía with Alicante Bouchet, Palomino and Doña Blanca – with notes of violet, raspberry and black cherry, a hint of stony reduction and a bright, mineral-edged finish. Aged in amphora and old wood.

BuyDrinking window: 2020-23Similar Wines: €10-15, 90-94, Spain, Red, Alicante Bouschet, Mencia, Doña Blanca, Palomino