La Xara

La Xara

Bodegas Y Viñedos Ponce
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Varietal(s): 100% Garnacha

Country: Spain

Region: Castilla La Mancha

Appellation: Manchuella

Nose: Floral, bright red fruit, strawberry and raspberry. Finesse driven

Palate: Juicy, mouthwatering and fresh. Strawberry, some orange peel, white pepper, milk chocolate, cranberry, almond. Good acid, some slight chalky tannins

Winemaking Notes: Hand picked, organic and biodynamically farmed. 50+ year old vines. Full cluster, indigenous yeast. Semi-carbonic maceration. Fermented and aged 7 months on lees in large neutral oak. Unfined and unfiltered

Producer Notes: Juan Antonio Ponce founded the winery in 2005 with the intention to highlight the grapes of Manchuela, such as Bobal, Albilla, Moravia and Agria. They work biodynamically in the vineyard. Worked for 5 years as right hand man of Telmo Rodriguez. Uses ‘remango’ fermentation, chilling everything down to 8 degrees and fermenting whole bunch. He is the leader of the Manchuela wine scene and master of the Bobal grape.

Area Notes: Manchuela is set within the larger region of Castilla-La Mancha, and became a separate PDO (Protected Designation of Origin) in 2004. La Mancha had a reputation for bulk wine and growers in Manchuela wanted to distance themselves from it and focus on smaller lots of quality wine. Had been considered separate since the 60s but it took 40 or so years to finally codify that in law. It has a continental climate (long hot dry summers, cold winters) with moisture-bearing winds from the Levant, which help keep mean temperatures a bit lower. Humidity is very very low. Soil is lime-bearing clay (clay over limestone), 600-700m above sea level.