There is rather lovely balance of old and young at Merayo. 80 year old Mencia bush vines give their fruit to the young, dynamic winemaker Juan Merayo who then crafts wonderful wines full of fresh, perfumed characters and ripe red fruit evocative of Mencia. Everything is handpicked with the appropriate reverence for these octogenarian vines before the grapes receive careful temperature controlled ferments and sensitive use of French and American oak to ensure Juan creates the expressive wines he is looking for. The key to the Merayo wines are the ancient Mencia bush vines. Even the entry level wine is made from +80 year old vineyards. All vineyards are handpicked. Gentle fruit handling in both the vineyard and winery, temperature controlled ferments and sensitive oak ageing in french and American oak are the hallmarks of the Merayo wines.