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Bodegas y Viñedos Ponce

In southeastern Spain in the country's Manchuela region, the Bobal grape variety grows in sandy limestone soils. Known for its thick skin and rustic characteristics, Bobal is a lesser-known variety gaining international fame thanks to passionate winemakers like Juan Antonio Ponce.  

Juan founded Bodegas y Viñedos Ponce at the tender age of 23, after working for five years as the right-hand man of Telmo Rodriguez of Cia de Vinos Telmo Rodriguez. Juan's father owned some land in Manchuela and decided to partner with his son to help him start this exciting and unique winery. 

Juan hand-harvests his grapes and ferments them with indigenous yeasts. The bunches of grapes are then chilled to 8°C and fermented whole-bunch, with the stems, in a type of fermentation known as “remango,” which was once popular in Rioja.

Juan's philosophy is to create wines that convey Manchuela's terroir and pay homage to the region's iconic Bobal grape. Translating Bobal's bold, rustic characteristics into beautiful wines is not simple or easy, but Juan has mastered his craft and delivers incredible product.

 

  • Clos Lojen 2018
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    Clos Lojen 2018

    $216.00

    $18 single bottle | $216 case of 12

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    Clos Lojen is selected from six small parcels of the local Manchuela grape variety Bobal. The traditional bush vines are between 30-50 years old and the soils are mainly chalky clay.

    Vines are grown at 800 metres above sea level, producing fresh, balanced juice from slow maturing grapes with fantastic acidity

    Sweet, ripe nose with warm, plummy dark cherry and blackberry fruit, and a hint of baked cherry pie.

    The palate is ripe and sweet but with a pronounced savoury, structured edge. Dense, mouth-filling and spicy with some drying tannins.


     Alcohol 13.5%

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  • Buena Pinta 2018
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    Buena Pinta 2018

    $336.00

    $28 single bottle | $336 case of 12

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    This red wine is a blend of Moravia Agria (90%), one of the endangered Spanish varieties characterized by its high acidity, and Garnacha (10%). The vineyards are planted in the town of Villanueva de la Jara (Cuenca), on clay soils with a calcareous base, 600 to 700 meters above sea level. 

    Buena Pinta is aged in French oak barrels of 600 litres for a period of seven months.

    On pouring it into the glass, one can discern its bright ruby colour of low to medium density. Its nose is perfumed and complex, with the aromas of ashes, cherries and black plum skin combining with subtle hints of cocoa and fallen leaves. On the palate, it's very fresh and slightly bitter, full and lively. 

    Alcohol 12%

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  • La Casilla 2018
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    La Casilla 2018

    $300.00

    $25 single bottle | $300 case of 12

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    Bobal was once thought of as a workhorse grape, only suitable for bulk wines. The grape has been revived by a small group of producers such as Bodegas y Viñedos Ponce, in whose careful hands it can make complex spicy wines.

    La Casilla is a deep and complex red with dense, spicy aromas of blackberry, dark chocolate and licorice, with a hint of lavender in the background.

    The palate is concentrated and fleshy, offering bitter cherry and dark berry flavors and a suggestion of candied flowers. Finishes long and powerful, with lingering smokiness and supple tannins.

    Alcohol 13%

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  • PF 2018
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    PF 2018

    $390.00

    $32.50 single bottle | $390 case of 12

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    Made from 100% Bobal, P.F (which stands for pie franco) comes from a small vineyard of 90 year old Manchuelan ungrafted vines which withstood the phylloxera vine disease of the late 19th century. 

    On the nose, this red reveals notes of leather, lard, cherry, cranberry and strawberry in a mouth both fresh and supple. A fresh and well structured wine with sweet and enveloping tannins.


    The wine is aged for 10 months in 3rd and 4th vintage 600L French Oak barrels. 

     

    Alcohol 13%

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