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Bodegas Ponce Manchuela Reto 2015

Bodegas Ponce Manchuela Reto 2015

Sku: P62932

I had the pleasure to meet Juan Antonio Ponce a couple of years ago, and what impressed me the most about his personality is the singular vision and passion that he has for winemaking. He ranks tops in the Young guns of Spain as a winemaker. He is always thinking outside the box and doing things against the grain. "Reto" translate to "challenge" and for Juan Antonio it was a challenge to make a white wine in a region where no winemaker dares to make this kind of wine. Oscar Garcia, Wine Buyer

Its fresh, floral and herbal, another option in the array of dry, crisp whites. (E. Asimov)

Wine maker notes
Manchuela, a lesser-known Spanish wine region that is inland from Valencia, specializes in the Bobal grape variety, which is known for its thick skins and rusticity. And while there are very few defenders of this region and even fewer winemakers that are dedicated to this varietal, Juan Antonio Ponce stands alone as the leader of Manchuela and as the master of the Bobal grape. Juan Antonio Ponce began his winery in 2005, at the age of 23. He works biodynamically in the vineyard, and in the winery he takes a natural approach, using low levels of sulfur dioxide. His philosophy is to make natural wines with wild yeast fermentation, to respect the local varietal Bobal and to express its terroir. The winemaking process begins with hand harvesting. The bunches of grapes are then chilled to 8 degrees C and fermented whole-bunch, with the stems, in a type of fermentation known as "remango", which was once popular in Rioja. Juan Antonio Ponce worked as the right-hand man to Telmo Rodriguez at Cia de Vinos Telmo Rodrigues for 5 years. During this time he was in charge of winemaking, vineyard management, etc.

Technical notes
Reto is the first white wine made in our winery. It is produced from 4 different vineyards between 40 and 60 years old. Grape varietal is "Albilla" and vineyard soil is mainly calcareous . Wine is aged for 7 moths in old barrels 600-700 liter capacity. Duri ng harvest, grape are stored in cases and are kept refrigerated over 48 hours in order to temperature up to 43F, then grapes are pr essed by using a vertical press system. After pressing, must is ke pt in fermented in barrels with lees at 60F. Yield is 20hl/ha. Aging is conducted in lees until bottling.

Other text
Varietal/Blend: 100% Albilla
Farming: Organic and Biodynamic

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Country: Spain
Region: Castilla La Mancha
Sub-Region: Manchuela
Grape Varietal: Other White
Type: Still wine

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