White wine 100% Albilla de Manchuela. (D.O Manchuela)
The Albilla from Manchuela is more different from the other Albilla from other regions of Spain; it is a grape that has not been planted recently, so all of the existing vines are pretty old. In this case, the grapes are sourced from a multitude of plots, all over 50-years-old, head-pruned and dry-farmed.
Manual harvesting, direct pressing. Do not macerate with furs, do not fade. Fermentation, 60% in barrels of 600 liters of used French oak and 40% in French oak vats of 4600 liters. Aged 8 months (one part in barrels and another in French oak vats). Unfiltered and unclarified.
At sight it has a bright straw yellow color. On the nose it presents White flowers, chalk and yellow plum. The mouth presents a good attack, good volume and acidity, saline, tasty, balanced. For your consumption now and during the next 10 years in optimal conservation conditions.
The Albilla de Manchuela is possibly the oldest variety of which is recorded in Manchuela. It is found in its entirety – about 50 hectares – in a village called Villamalea, although its former origin is unknown. Genetically they are not related to the known albillos in Gredos or Ribera del Duero. We are facing a challenge, as its name implies, to develop a white with personality, in which minerality is patent and has the potential of aging.
Bodegas and vineayards Ponce is responsible for this meritorious wine, to talk about this winery is to talk about the differentiation in manchuela. The family project of Juan Antonio Ponce is the living example of another Manchuela being possible.
With a philosophy that respects to the maximum the value of some old vineyards in Pie Franco, the Ponce manage to elaborate wines that transmit the essence of a land.
Juan Antonio Ponce father inherited some vineyards of his father, a vineyard located in Iniesta, with strains planted in glass of the variety Bobal that at the moment they surpass the 80 years of age. Juan Antonio Ponce hijo worked with his father and his uncles in the vineyard until one day he plans to study oenology at the School of Viticulture and Enology of Requena.
Graduated with only 18 years, worked in two vintages for the Cooperativa de Iniesta and later as assistant in the winery. At the age of 21 he joins the wine company of Telmo Rodríguez, a great school in the words of Juan Antonio himself, which allowed him to know other areas and varieties. Later he would travel to France and the experience gained leads him to propose to his father to build a winery and to make his own wines. 10 years later they elaborate some of the most interesting wines of Manchuela.
It is mainly made with the Bobal variety, but also indigenous varieties such as Moravia sour and Albilla have been recovered.