Bodegas Gratias, Grys, Manchuela, Spain, 2021
When Ana and Iván got together for a party with some oenologist friends in 2007, they decided to make some wine and put it in a barrel.
The results of this first vintage were astonishing and so Bodegas Gratias was born. After the success of the first vintage, they realised they had a chance to make a difference. In a region with a declining wine industry, Ana and Iván are on a mission to protect old vineyards of Bobal, Tardana and other local varieties, championing the vinous heritage of the area. They champion Manchuela as a region capable of producing exciting and relevant wines that draw on the best of tradition and indigenous varieties, yet with a spin that is undeniably looking to the future. These wines are artisanal and as natural as they come, being organically grown, fermented with natural occurring yeasts and minute sulphur additions, if any.
Predominantly growing the native Bobal variety, on gnarly old bush vines planted on mainly lime bearing clay soils. These wines are artisinal and as natural as they come, made ethically with respect for the environment and in an honest fashion.
In true Gratias style, the winemaking is minimal intervention. The hand harvested bunches are loaded into small crates and upon arrival at the winery are immediately pressed. Fermentation takes place in stainless steel tank and the wine is then aged in glass demi-john, before being bottled unfined and unfiltered.
No oak ageing
A beautiful colour with intense yellow and gold reflections, characteristically ‘grys’ in style. Aromas of summer fruits, peaches and honeyed melon, whilst on the palate there is depth, chalky minerality and brilliant freshness. A truly complex and fascinating wine which reflects equally the fruit and terroir.
Serve with pasta al aglio e olio, rice dishes with poultry, salted fish and grilled vegetables.
6 x 75cl