Bodegas Manzanos, Finca Manzanos Garnacha, DOCa Rioja, Spain, 2021
On the border between Rioja and Navarra, Victor Manzanos carries on the work of the four generations before him.
With over 250ha of owned vineyards at his disposal, including some of the oldest vines in Rioja, Bodegas Manzanos is fortunately placed to put both the sub-region of Rioja Oriental and the name Manzanos firmly on the map as one of the most important areas and producers in Rioja. This range of wines is a modern take on the traditional landscape of Rioja, championing the native grape varieties, Tempranillo, Viura and Garnacha. The team is the youngest in the region, a talented a group of people with the sole purpose of making wines that people will enjoy.
300ha of vineyards are planted on clay-limestone soil at an average height of 400m above sea level. Meticulous attention to detail in the vineyards, coupled with the extreme climate, offer the perfect conditions for the production of great wines. Grapes are all hand-picked in early October.
A temperature controlled fermentation is carried out in stainless steel followed by 6 months ageing in carefully selected French and American oak.
Type: 70% French, 30% American
% wine oaked: 100
% new oak: 100
Strawberry red in colour, this wine stands out for its aromas of black fruit, violets, and hints of vanilla and chocolate coming from careful use of oak barrel ageing. In the mouth it is well structured, round and mellow.
Excellent with all red meats, game, rich casseroles or pasta dishes.
Decanter 92 Points
Youthful and intense Garnacha, with bold fruits and spices. Creamy texture, milk chocolate and silky tannins. The separate parts come together to a well-integrated and long resounding finish. 92 Points, Indigenous Reds Panel Tasting, August 2022.
12 x 75cl