OTHER NAMES: xaén (Portugal).
This is the most widely cultivated red grape variety in Galicia, prominent in the Ribeira Sacra and Valdeorras areas, and the most frequently planted red grape in other designations where white grapes and wines predominate, such as the Monterrei and Ribeiro areas. In the Rías Baixas it is the second native red grape.
The mencia grape emerges early, with a short cycle, ripening easily, and it is sensitive to late frosts. Its fertility and productivity are high. The clusters are small and compact, with thick-skinned, medium-sized ellipsoid grapes, with a regular cross-section.
The single-varietal wines it produces are delicate, elegant and fruity. Is also used for the production of high-quality young wines, which are friendly and aromatic. The grapes are shiny, with an intense cherry colour, with a purple edge. Fruity, mild with a tasty mouthfeel, balanced acidity with notes of ripe red berries, medium intensity and lasting aftertaste. It is blended with other native red grapes to attain greater complexity and structure, as well as an improved development of the wine over time.