LADERAS DE LEONILA
2015 Mencia Màquina y Tabla
Charles Lea has found an interesting winemaker in Maquina y Tabla. Produced in northwestern Spain from the local mencia grape, this has generous fruity aromatics, plus soft tannins, so it can be chilled further than most. Will Lyons, The Sunday Times (May 2018)
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From far north-western Spain in Bierzo up near Galicia, a joyous, vivid version of the local star red grape mencía that is concentrated and full of pure black cherries with a nip of plum-skin tang for pairing with red meat or dark game birds. David Williams, The Observer (Nov 2017)
This is an exciting project created by husband and wife Oriol Illa and Susana Pastor in 2012. A full-bodied Mencia from a rented 3ha vineyard, it expresses bright, tangy red cherry characters with soft tannins. Intense flavours and the savoury notes on the finish reflect the terroir. Ideal match for roast red meats. Rating: 92 Christelle Guibert, Decanter (Oct 2017)
Màquina y Tabla
It was an exciting day when we first discovered these brilliant wines, and we are delighted to be introducing them to the UK and share the joy - each wine has an incredible sense of identity and real pow! Yet all done with such charm and restrained style, they just make you smile. Pure, elegant, expressive and so, so drinkable - this is exciting stuff. They look absolutely beautiful too - could this be the perfect package from Spain!?
'Màquina & Tabla' is the brainchild of a dynamic duo - Oriol the winemaker and Susana, who is the creative genius behind the marketing and presentation. They are a tiny family business that began in 2012 in Castilla y León. Their focus is in the details, and they believe in a high quality wine that is always respectful of the land and nature. Their project started from scratch, travelling around the region looking for the oldest and most peculiar vineyards. All their grapes are cultivated bio-dynamically, grown currently in rented vineyards.
Oriol the winemaker describes himself as having been an "oenopath" who, slowly but surely, became more and more interested in winemaking, a passion that turned into a profession during the 2000 harvest in Clos Mogador. Since then as a winemaker he has lead, or taken part in, several projects, including with Vinya l'Hereu, Heretat Montrubí, Els Jelipins and Prieto Pariente. Now, with this project he says he is 'happier than a kid in a candy shop'. Susana comes from the world of arts and entertainment, having been a Creative Editor in publishing, audiovisual and new media for Prisa, Planeta and RBA, while conceptualizing new ideas, she has managed teams and projects, as well as coordinated communication and production for small projects related to art and music. Now she's bringing all of her experience and energy to Màquina & Tabla. The striking label designs by Joan Josep Bertran perhaps need a tiny bit of explanation, and you can read more about them here http://www.maquina-tabla.com/about.
MAQUINA & TABLA are Oriol & Susana Illa who own and operate this extraordinary tiny wine business. All grapes are farmed biodynamically from small plots rented across northern Spain. The wines have attracted much attention for the extraordinary labels but mostly for the extraordinary wines. From traditional Spanish varieties like Tinta de Toro (Tempranillo) and Garnacha, or less mainstream varieties like Mencia, Verdejo and Palomino, Oriol and Susana have crafted some delightful and pure, small-scale expressions of the land they farm. Jancis Robinson MW praised their work fulsomely after tasting the wines and meeting the makers at our Autumn tasting last year, making the Laderas de Leonila Blanco her Wine of the Week. Here's your chance to sample a selection from their range - two bottles each of three reds, two whites and their rather charming clarete rosé.
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