Varietal(s): 100% Albilla
Region: Castilla la Mancha
Nose: Dried herbs, melon and limes with hints of marzipan, slight yeastiness, hay. Fennel and marine salt. Lemon and tropical fruit, pineapple, lychee, hints of passionfruit.
Palate: Volume but no heaviness. Rustic and floral elements. Very notable salinity. Creamy, saline, citrusy, apple peel, lime, quince. Touch of pineapple and banana. White flowers. Almost Chenin like
Winemaking Notes: First wine made in the Ponce winery. 4 vineyards, grapes between 40-60 years old. Mainly calcareous soil. Fermented and aged on lees in large neutral barrels. 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. His vineyards used to be on a large salt flat, which is possibly the source of the strong saline quality of his whites.
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.