Bodegas Gratias, Sol, 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.
Sustainable agriculture from old vineyards with a high chalk content. The Tardana fruit comes from un-irrigated bush vines at 400 m altitude. This native grape variety its so adaptad to the terroir that it ripens very late, in October, after the reds.
Artisanal and respectful winemaking. After a maceration process of 4 hours, the grapes are pressed and the juice fermented in stainless steel tank. One third of the wine finishes the fermentation inside a tinaja. The wine is left to age for 3 months on its lees before bottling.
No oak ageing
Scrummy white fruits, flowers, ripe pears. Creamy and well balanced acidty.
The acidity works well with oriental food, but isn't too bracing to work with se food, grilled fish or pasta.
6 x 75cl