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.
Pale, clear, bright yellow in colour with an intense nose of green apple and stone fruit and traces of citrus and fennel. Mineral sensations envelop the wine and lend it great complexity. The palate is rounded and bulky, without ever losing the sensation of freshness. Sensations of citrus, green apple, and minerality. The sur lie influence appears in the mouth, enveloping the wine and giving it a greasy, slightly sweet feeling of overall harmony.
Cherry red with violet hues. Intense, fresh, elegant nose where red fruit, strawberry and raspberry sensations dominate, as well as floral and violet notes. In the background, very well integrated vanilla, tobacco and minerals. Elegant and silky. On the palate it is fresh, with red fruit. Round, soft, silky tannin. Balanced acidity, freshness and varietal notes dominate in perfect harmony with wood flavours that give the wine complexity. The oak aging is well integrated and very elegant.
This red has all the fresh, perfumed characters and ripe red fruit typical of Mencia. Vibrant and clear purplish red colour. Intense bouquet, very fresh with predominantly berry and floral (violet) notes. Powerful and sweet on the palate. Spacious, fresh and creamy. The tannins are ripe and rounded. Reappearance of berry, ripe fruit, and floral as well as spicy notes. Long, persistent finish.