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Expressive, elegant, Mencia
'Lousas' is the local Gallego word for slate. It's a name that's used to group Envinate's three wines from Ribeira Sacra and a nod to the soil, or more accurately the rock that marks each of these wines.Parcela Seoane is a single vineyard of roughly 80 year old vines planted on incredibly steep slate terraces over looking the River Sil. It's faces slightly more to the West than it's stable mate, Camino Novo, meaning that it's more exposed to morning sun and to the warming air flowing up the river. The result is that Seoane always looks more lifted, elegant and immediately attractive than the darker brooding Camino Novo. There's almost white flower characters among the bright raspberry and violet tones more commonly associated with Mencia. The two wines are as good an exercise in the effects of terroir as you are likely to see in Ribeira Sacra, the two vineyards look across a bend in the Sil at each other but the wines they produce under the meticulous care of the Envinate team display fascinatingly divergent personalities.