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Augalevada, Mecernario Tinto, 2021

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Floral, Fresh, Red Fruits

Galicia / Red / Blend / Organic







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VDE, Galicia








From 15-30yo vineyards throughout the Ribeiro DO. Fermentation was carried out in open vats where whole grapes were foot trodden and then 'massaged' by hand for light extraction. 10 months ageing in old demi-muids (2/3) and tinajas (1/3). Light, earthy and juicy one for the jura lovers!

Notes on the producer

Fazenda Augalevada is tucked in a valley neighbouring an ancient 'monasterio' (San Clodio), it takes its name from a stream passing through the land ('augalevada' translates as 'carried water' in Gallego). Located north of the Ribeiro DO, in the Rioboó zone (once famous for its red wines), the area is not far from the stunning Avia river – when reaching the farm for the first time, the beauty of this wild piece of land is striking, it's easy to understand why Iago fell in love with this unique terroir. 

Only two bottlings are made from Augalevada's vines: the white Ollos de Roque and the red Ollos de Maia (first release with the 2022 vintage). Lago is also renowned for his Mercenario range: these are wines made from grapes bought from like-minded growers in different vineyards of Galicia. The cellar was built digging into the granitic hill over three floors, allowing for gravity during winemaking. Iago ages his wines in old 300, 500, and 600ltr barrels – oak from different French 'tonneliers' as well as Stockinger, local chesnut, and some 50yo 'roble americano' from Jerez. He also uses 400ltr 'tinajas' made by the master Juan Padilla (Villarrobledo), they're buried underground in the cellar basement. Each amphora and barrique develop its flor (pretty thick in some cases) which brings out singular traits to the different wines increasing complexity in the final blends. SO2 is only added pre-bottling reaching a low 20-25mg/l total, and the wines are not fined or filtered.


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