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Telmo Rodriguez 'O'Diviso' Tinto 2019

Mencía, Garnacha, Mouraton , Merenzao, Caíño Tinto

Regular price $94.99 Sale price $99.99

O Diviso 2019 96WA
$89.99 US LOW

The O Diviso vineyard, located near the village of As Ermitas and its centuries-old monastery on the Bibei river, has always been unique for its steep green slopes and slightly hidden location among chestnut trees at an altitude of 700m with northwest exposure. Telmo and Pablo began the painstaking work of recovering the vineyard in 2011. They feel that O Diviso is probably the most authentic expression of Valdeorras on the slopes of the Bibei and that the cru has limitless potential. In total, the vineyard is 2.9ha, of which they are farming 1.2ha of old vines of mencía, garnacha, merenzao, mouratón, and caíño tinto. They are still in the process of recuperating the other 1.7ha from the forest, which had swallowed the ancient vineyard. This vineyard is their highest altitude and the one they harvest last. The decomposed granitic soils are shallow, acidic, and coarse-textured, known locally as sábrego. Wines from O Diviso are ultra-ethereal and graceful, with great tension and subtlety. O Diviso is refined and serious, with the finesse and length that only the world’s greatest vineyards are capable of. Viticulture is organic, the grapes are hand-harvested, and wines are made with low intervention. O Diviso is extremely limited: 1930 bottles produced.

Site: O Diviso at 550m to 725m
Grapes: Mencía / Merenzao / Garnacha / Mouratón / Caíño Tinto
Vine Age: 20-80+ years old
Soil: Decomposed granite
Vinification: Spontaneous fermentation with indigenous yeast in old 3,000L French oak vats
Aging: Aged for 12 months in neutral 600L French oak foudres

96 pts Robert Parker Wine Advocate (Gutierrez)
The 2019 O Diviso is named after a vineyard from As Ermitas in Valdeorras planted with a field blend of Mencía, Garnacha, Mouratón and Caíño. It's 1.2 hectares of old vines and 1.7 hectares being replanted on granite slopes on the banks of the Bibei River overlooking the Ermitas hermitage that are in the process of conversion to certified organic farming. After the frost of 2017 and mildew of 2018, 2019 was a normal vintage with good health and ripeness of grapes that were picked from October 2nd, slightly earlier than in 2018. It fermented in oak vats with indigenous yeasts followed by a gentle élevage in a neutral 600-liter oak barrel for 12 months. It has 13% alcohol and mellow acidity. I love this wine, but I must say it suffered in the comparison with the As Caborcas from this year, like it had a slightly more rustic touch. Perhaps the cooler place needs more time to express the soil and the wine is a little more reticent. It has a medium-bodied palate with cold granite minerality. 1,900 bottles were filled in June 2021.
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