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Adega Ponte da Boga

Adega Ponte da Boga - Mencía, Ribeira Sacra, Spain (2021)

Adega Ponte da Boga - Mencía, Ribeira Sacra, Spain (2021)

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A mid-weight, stylish Spanish red with loads of freshness and elegance. Deeply coloured with intense aromas of violet, rose petals, blackberry, pepper and earth. Under-ripe plums and graphite, leather and salt give this a slightly crunchy, lip-smacking vibe on the palate. Chill lightly.

REGION Spain > Galicia > Ribeira Sacra
GRAPE(S) Mencía
FORMAT 750ml Bottle
ABV 12.5%
FEATURES Low Intervention, Sustainable [organic principles], Vegan-Friendly



Sourced from the north-facing Parada de Sil vineyard, located 300-350 meters above sea level. Old vines are planted on very poor, decomposed granite sub-soil called ‘xabre’. Here the Mencia ripens slowly, giving it a fresh character, with plenty of balancing acidity and mild, silky tannins.

Hand-sourced, de-stemmed and vigorously sorted in the early hours of the morning. The grapes are crushed and fermented on skins for 10 days with gentle pumping over to gain colour and complexity. Aged in tank for 6 months prior to bottling.

Founded in 1898, Ponte da Boga is Ribeira Sacra’s oldest winery. It was purchased in 2006 by the Rivera family, who have focused their efforts on growing and vinifying ancient, autochthonous regional varieties including Godello, Mencia and the ultra-rare Merenzao. Their 33 hectares of vineyards surround the canyons of rivers Sil, Mino and Edo. The majority of plots are located on dizzyingly steep slopes where ‘heroic viticulture’ – including manual work using harnesses, sometimes accessed only by boats from the river – is necessary. Their oldest vines are over 100 years old. All are farmed by hand according to the concept of integrated management and only natural preventative measures are used to keep the vines healthy and pest-free. The wines are fresh and elegant, with a subtle complexity and exceptional drinkability.

Located in the heart of Galacia, Ribeira Sacra is one of Spain’s oldest and most obscure wine regions, known for its dramatic, deep valleys and extremely steep, terraced vineyards that cut through its many rivers and tributaries.

Ribeira Sacra is home to a wide array of indigenous grape varieties, chief among them for whites being Godello (the real star of the region). Red grapes include obscure varieties like Brancellao, Merenzao and Souson, along with the most planted and well known, Mencia. The geologic landscape varies greatly, with schist, granite and slate the most prevalent soil types. Vineyard sites in the region’s west are heavily influenced by the Atlantic ocean and its moderating climatic effect. As you move east and inland, the climate becomes more traditionally Continental. In general, climatic conditions here make grape growing a somewhat difficult process. When combined with naturally low yields and necessary ‘heroic viticulture’, Ribeira Sacra vineyards are labour-intensive and costly to manage. 


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