O Casal

Mencía Casal Novo Valdeorras – 2019

Region: Spain - Galicia

O Casal

Adega O Casal was founded in 2000 by five partners sharing the ideal of capturing the true varietal and optimum expression of the indigenous Godello and Mencía grapes. Starting with inherited family plots at high elevation near the village of Rubiá, the vineyard area has gradually expanded to the current eight hectares (19.76 acres) planted in small parcels primarily to Godello and Mencía. Parcels are located on both sides of the Sil River,offering both slate and chalk/clay terroirs. This duality of terroir is expressed in a layered textural/mineral complexity that defines the house style. Casal Novo Godello and Mencía are unoaked in order to feature the wines’ inherent complexity.Arriving from Bierzo, the first and highest village in Valdeorras is Rubiá, home of Adega O Casal. High elevation and off-south exposures delay maturation, and quality is sought via low yields and sustainable viticulture.

The Wine

Vineyard Profile

Estate vineyards on either side of the Sil River near Rubiá, the highest village in D.O. Valdeorras.

  • Altitude: 550 meters
  • Exposure: East and Northwest
  • Soils: Slate on one side of the river, Chalk/clay on the other side
  • Vine Age: 70% over 18 years; 30% over 35 years
  • Vine Training System: Trellis with double cordon pruning
  • No herbicides used
Harvest Notes
  • Hand harvested
  • Destemmed
  • Fermented in temperature controlled stainless steel tanks after 2 days
  • Wine racked 10 days after start of fermentation
  • Unoaked
Winemaker's Notes

Deep purple color, aromas of ripe red fruit and minerals. Inherent complexity. Not in the slightest a light wine, perhaps just the opposite—the finish is long and captivating. Absence of oak allows the full expression of Mencia to shine through.

Wine Summary

100% Mencía; alcohol: 13.5%; estate vineyards on either side of the Sil River near Rubiá, the highest village in D.O. Valdeorras at 550 meters; 70% vines over 18 years, 30% vines over 35 years old; slate soils on one side of river, chalky clay on other side; hand harvested; destemmed; fermented after 2 days in temperature controlled stainless steel tanks; wine racked 10 days after start of fermentation; unoaked.

Technical Information
  • 100% Mencía
  • Alcohol: 13.5%

General Info

WINEMAKER José Luis Murcia Sotos