Bierzo Tinto, Pittacum, Bierzo, Spain 2011
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Eco-friendly – 90 year old vines – historic setting – unique microclimate
The region of Bierzo, inland of Galicia in the northwest of Spain, benefits from a unique microclimate which aids the winemaking process.
Head winemaker Alfredo Marques and his team are blessed with the valuable combination of mild temperatures and vineyards at a low altitude which prevent frosts – allowing Alfredo to complete his harvest before many of his contemporaries.
Based in the historic town of Arganza, the Pittacum winery presides over 90 year old vines that produce wonderfully rustic wines dominated by the Mencia grape variety. Organic fertilisers are used and eco-friendly methods are employed throughout the estate to promote the health of these ageing vines – a strategy that is clearly working as their produce improves with every harvest.
The wine is intense cherry-red, with a striking purplish rim, very clean and brilliant. It is marked by a complex bouquet, with a wide range of aromas including red fruits (blackberry, raspberry), liquorice and mineral tones, pleasant woody hints, spices – pepper and oregano – and an agreeable backdrop of smoked cocoa.