Single Vineyard Wine: Sales gimmick, flavour game-changer or artistic expression of terroir?🍷Find out the
Wine Chats #162
Single Vineyard Wine: Sales gimmick, flavour game-changer or artistic expression of terroir? Delve into the mysterious world of
single vineyard wines with our enlightening guide!
Also in this week's issue:
* 🕵🏻♀️ Unmask the Iberian enigma known for tart berries and a peppery punch. Have you met this red grape yet?
* 🛖 Can an eco-friendly, family-run Aussie winery reimagine this unsung hero of red grapes?
* 🚀 ICYMI: Our new Loyalty & Rewards Program just launched! It's easier than ever to start earning points!
* 🎸 Unplugged and Unfiltered: Delve into the raw authenticity of the Lo-Fi wine movement.
* 🍹 Last chance to mix it up and pop the cap off your Free May surprise!
* 📣 2021 has been declared a "classic" year for Port! Find out what the fuss is all about.
* 🧅 Tuscan Delight: Savour a symphony of flavours with this meatloaf recipe and recommended pairings!
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📍Single Vineyard: What does it mean?
The French do a lot of things really well, from the perfect croissant to macarons and let's not forget le fromage, j’adore le
fromage! The other thing they have down pat is wine and it isn’t simply just wine from France, nor wine from a region, nor wine
from a town but, the wine from this, this single vineyard here where you are standing.
Why can this wine, which comes from this vineyard be more expensive than that bottle of wine over there that is sourced from that
vineyard over there too? Well we have all your questions answered, so all you need to do is go and source plenty of fromage to
enjoy while drinking your single vineyard wine!
Bottle of the Week
P S QUARTZSIEL PYRENEES MENCIA
🛖 Quartz Hill Mencia 2018
Introducing Quartz Hill, a biodynamically farmed, small-batch, family-run wine producer out of the Pyrenees, Victoria. We are
obsessed with Quartz Hill’s eco-friendly cellar and winery. Its walls are made from straw bales with 7cm thick lime/sand renders,
keeping the winery at a constant 16 degrees year-round. That’s bonus points for those playing the Grand Designs drinking game at
These impressive structures echo the sustainable practices in the vineyards and the cellar. Quartz Hill applies biodynamic
principles and hand-picks their fruit. Wines are made with low intervention methods – wild ferments, minimal pumping and
filtration, leading to energetic and full-flavour wines.
The 2018 Quartz Hill Mencia is the perfect vessel for delivering The Pyrenees’ mineral complexity, including fascinating earth and
spice inflections you won’t find anywhere else in the country. Fruit-wise, it’s brambly black mixed with tart red berries,
followed by graphite, iron and persistent tannins. Savoury, with perky acidity, to keep things (highly) drinkable.
Grape of the Week
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⚡️ TL:DR: Mencía is an expressive, unique herbal, tannic red grape best known from the region of Bierzo in northwest Spain
🗣 Pronounced: "men-THEE-ah"
🌈 Colour: On the lighter colour spectrum of red wines
🍇 What is it? Mencía is a high-quality and distinctive red grape native to the western part of the Iberian Peninsula, widely
grown in northwest Spain and especially in Bierzo, a dramatic and high-altitude region about two hours’ drive from the northern
border with Portugal. Here it grows on the mountainside and produces perfumed, medium-bodied, spicy reds. In Portugal, it’s still
mainly used in blends, with Mencía still making up around 85% of the final wine.
The variety was quite neglected for many years but it has enjoyed something of a revival in recent decades. Historically not grown
anywhere outside of Spain and Portugal, in the last decade plantings have increased in Australia around warmer regions in South
Australia and Victoria.
Most signs initially pointed to Bierzo in northwest Spain as its home, however, recent DNA testing has indicated that Mencía is
actually the same grape as Jaen do Dão (known as just Jaen) from Portugal, so is now believed to have originated from there.
Mencía is known for flavours of sour cherry, pomegranate and alpine strawberry, with notes of black pepper, liquorice and violets,
and tending to a tart crunch. Oak is used sparingly, as it can overwhelm Mencía's rather delicate flavour profile, with the
structure usually medium-bodied with noticeable minerality, expressed as crushed rocks or gravel. If you like fresh, floral and
earthy reds with a kick of spice, this is your grape!
📍Place of Origin: Mencía is from the western part of the Iberian Peninsula, from the Dão & Douro regions of Portugal
🌎 Today's Major Countries of Production: Spain, Portugal
🍕 Pairing Tip: Steak with pepper sauce is a flat out winner here, but don't be afraid to be a bit more adventurous. Sheep's milk
cheeses are great, like Manchego and Serra da Estrela! And cheddar can enhance some of the fruity flavours here too. Another easy
score is chicken or beef fajitas and tacos. On the veggie side of things, risottos and vegetables like mushrooms, artichokes and
olives also work quite nicely.
🤔 Interesting to Note: In Castellano Spanish (the standard form of Spanish spoken in northern and central Spain), if a C comes
before an E or I, it’s pronounced ‘th’. Also with Spanish words, usually the emphasis lies on the penultimate (or second last)
syllable, unless the vowel is accented. So, to pronounce Mencía, you say ‘men-THEE-ah’!
Tasting Pack: Unplugged and Unfiltered
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🎸 Lo-Fi Movement Pack
Lo-Fi ( low fidelity) is a loanword from the music world. These are elements usually regarded as imperfections in recordings or
performances, that are made audible as a deliberate aesthetic choice. In wine, these lo-fi imperfections, while frowned upon at
wine shows, offer a unique and playful drinking experience. Think rustic aromas, pronounced fruit character, and cloudiness
leading to exotic flavour and textures. Discover all these and more in our Lo-Fi Movement Pack.
Special gift in May Boxes
May's Samples: Strange Love Premium Mixers
This May for those of you who have unlocked level 3 Wine Traveller and above we're including 4 bottles of premium mixers in every
box you order, one offs or monthly subscriptions. Take your tastebuds on a tantalising journey with these Australian craft mixers,
designed to complement craft spirits.
For spirit pairing inspiration, see some of their suggestions here. And if you like what you taste, all GPD members get 20% off
your first order through the StrangeLove website, using the code GOODSTRANGEDAYS
📣 Bumper 2021 for Port!
We all know the good Port isn't that hard to come by. However, it is hard not to sit up and take note when one of the best port
houses around declares a ‘classic’ vintage. These are considered bumper years, where the weather is perfect, leading to an
Recipe of the Week
🧅 Tuscan Meatloaf
A great meatloaf is a thing of beauty and this Tuscan-inspired iteration of a classic sees juicy lamb and pork minced, folded
together and mixed with an array of wonderful ingredients that summarise one of Italy's great wine and food regions. Medium-bodied
reds with bright acidity and red fruit character are going to go down a treat with this dish!
Pair this recipe with:
Artis Wines Syrah 2017
Shaky Bridge 'Pioneer' Pinot Noir 2020
Red Embers Grenache 2021
Post of the Week
Post of the Week
📸 Catherine M. from the GPD Wine Lovers Facebook Group
GPD Wine Lovers Facebook Group
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That's it for this week. Hope you liked it. Let us know if you have any feedback!
Happy wine adventures,
The Good Pair Days Team
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