Bodegas Manzanos, Finca Manzanos Gran Reserva, DOCa Rioja, Spain, 2001
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.
Fermentation in stainless steel followed by malolactic fermentation in concrete tanks and ageing on the lees for a few months. Maturation for 36 months in American and French barrels.
Type: 70% French, 30% American 225l Barrels
% wine oaked: 100
% new oak: 70
Tawny in colour, but otherwise clean and bright. Elegant aroma and intense flavours of dried fruit, liquorice, spices, cocoa and coffee scents. Full bodied with delicate and silky tannins.
Roast game birds such as pheasant and partridge.
12 x 75cl
Award: Decanter 92 Points
Award: Jancis Robinson 17 Points