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Augalevada, Mercenario Tinto, 2018

Red Berry, Watermelon, Spice

Farming

Biodynamic

Producer

Augalevada

Grape

Caiño Longo/Caiño de Terra/Brancellao/Espadeiro/ Souson

Wine Type

Red

Country

Spain

Region

VDE, Galicia

Vintage

2019

Alcohol

12%

Size

75cl

Augalevada was created in 2009 and takes its name from a stream passing right through the middle of the farm. Iago fell in love with an abandoned slope, tucked in a valley, behind the ancient Monasterio de San Clodio. He purchased just over 4ha, built a winery on-site and planted 2.5ha of vines, spread over the granitic terraces, struggling against an invading forest. Having studied agricultural engineering, Iago became fascinated with permaculture at a young age and Augalevada is the first biodynamic certified (Demeter) winery in the history of Ribeiro; Galician cows chew on the lush grass, chickens roam through the vines while diverse orchard trees and a vegetable patch feed the Garrido family. Iago built his cellar digging into the granitic hill over three floors allowing for gravity during winemaking. He ages his wines in 500ltr and 600ltr barrels as well as tinajas made by the master Juan Padilla (Villarrobledo), buried underground in the cellar basement, each amphora and barrique develop its flor and brings out different traits to the wines. SO2 is only added at bottling reaching a low 20-25mg/l total.

From different vineyards through the Ribeiro DO on the banks of the Mino, Avia and Arnoia rivers with field-blends with many native grape varieties. Fermentation was carried out in open vats where whole grapes were foot trodden and then 'massaged' by hand for light extraction. Fermentation and 10 months ageing in old demi-muids (2/3) and tinajas.

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