Grape Variety: Doña Blanca, Palomino and a hint of Mencia!
Producer: Bodega La Senda (Diego Losada)
Region: El Bierzo, Castile y Leon, Spain
Wild Scale: 4/5
Vegan friendly wine
Winemaking: White grapes were hand harvested and fermented with indigenous yeast. The winemaker (Diego) realised he had no room in barrels as they were full of red (Mencia) wine so he quickly emptied one and filled it with the white juice. From the remnants of the Mencia, this resulted in a rosé wine! Bottled with no filtration, fining or added sulphur.
This Wine: We are always trying to track down rare and special wines and they don't get much more unique than the latest arrival from Bodega La Senda in the Bierzo region of Northern Spain. Somewhat of a happy accident, the winemaker, Diego, had miscalculated his barrel availability after harvesting his white grapes, so quickly had to empty one that contained red Mencía grapes to make room for the white Doña Blanca and Palomino varieties. However, the Mencía had already made its mark and the stained barrel ended up imparting plenty of colour and flavour into the white juice resulting in a rosé, hence "Une Rose de Blancs".
Notes on the Winemaker: Diego Losada is very much an outsider in his hometown of Ponferrada in the North of Spain and this was the case even before winemaking. Now he creates wines that stand out amongst the crowd in Bierzo with authentic and true reflections of the region. We have visited him a couple of times to see his vineyards and help him in the winery, always to the soundtrack of Metallica!