Veronica Ortega, Quite 2020, Bierzo
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Veronica Ortega was brought up in Cadiz with five elder brothers and a famous bullfighting father, but catching the wine bug in the 2000s she moved away to Priorat where she worked with Alvaro Palacios and Daphné Glorian (Clos Erasmus), then Burn Cottage in Central Otago NZ, Niepoort in the Douro, Comte Armand and then a season at DRC in Burgundy, followed finally by a spell with Domaine Combier in Crozes. On her return to Spain, she worked with Raúl Perez in Bierzo from whose cellar she experimented before setting out definitively with her project in 2012.
Veronica is based in Valtuille de Abajo, Bierzo, and this Mencía wine comes from various parcels of organically tended vines around the village (averaging 8 years old) planted in the typical sandy, red clay soils (where there is quite a high iron content) giving a yield averaging 25hh. Veronica’s father was a bullfighter and Quite is a bullfighting term meaning to offer a helping hand. Given a 15-day cuvaison and aged for seven months, half in 800l amphoras and half in 2-3-year-old barrels, it has an excellent texture, attractive mulberry and brambly fruit and floral hints with some liquorice, nutmeg and herbal notes. So delicious and easy to drink.