Bodegas Gratias, Mac, Manchuela, Spain, 2020
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.
From gnarly old Macabeo bush vines planted on mostly lime bearing clay soils. This wine is artisinal and as natural as they come, made ethically with respect for the environment and in an honest fashion.
The wine undergoes carbonic fermentation with a small amount of contact with the skins. The whole Macabeo bunches are kept stainless steel tank for 21 days, then the bunches are pressed and the fermentation is finished off in stainless steel.
No oak ageing
The amber colour of this orange wine is due to the slight maceration during fermentation. A very fresh, citrus nose, reminiscent of freshly cut grass and squeezed orange. The palate is long and vibrant with generous levels of acidity. Very limited availability. Get it while you can.
A wine to drink with nuts, salted fish and good conversation.
6 x 75cl