Ponce Bobal Clos Lojen Manchuela 2019

Gluten Free Collection by Philglas & Swiggot

  • Size: 750ml
  • Vintage: 2019
  • ABV: 13%
  • Origin: Manchuela /Spain
  • Grapes: Bobal


Juan Antonio is no longer a promising winemaker he has established himself as a leading figure in biodynamic and natural winemaking in his native Cuenca. After working with Telmo Rodríguez and Pablo Eguzkiza in their various Spanish projects, Juan Antonio spent time in France learning about biodynamics and how he could apply those techniques to his own vineyards in Manchuela. 10 years on, he is making better wines than ever and they are, deservedly, getting worldwide recognition by customers and critics alike.

His vineyards are at an elevation between 700 and 800 metres above sea level on a combination of soils: clay, limestone and sandstone. All his vines are between 30 and 90 years old, and some of them are still planted on their own rootstocks. Sulphur treatments in the vineyard are kept to a minimum, relying entirely on biodynamic preparations to fight seasonal adversities. In the winery, his ethos is to let the wine make itself. The bunches are not destemmed and semi-carbonic maceration occurs in the tank. Full alcoholic fermentation takes place with wild yeasts. The resulting wines are neither filtered nor fined and sulphur is avoided. 

'This is of pale purple colour and has a savoury, earthy nose, with hints of barnyard, leather, red earth and plummy fruit. Medium-bodied with medium acidity and tannins which are slightly structured. A super classy wine for the price point! Decant for half an hour or enjoy from Burgundy glasses. It comes from 30-40 year old vines and is a top steal!' Anja Breit, Philglas & Swiggot

'The entry-level Bobal 2019 Clos Lojen mixes grapes from two villages, Villanueva de la Jara and Iniesta. The grapes fermented with full clusters in 4,500-liter oak vats and matured in 10,000- and 15,000-liter oak vats for six months. It started with a strong nose reminiscent of carbonic maceration, but it soon turned into more licorice and serious aromas. This comes from a zone that ripens early, so the grapes were picked before the rain. The palate is medium-bodied with very fine tannins, and it's very tasty with moderate alcohol and good freshness, making it very versatile with food. It feels like a very complete vintage for this super affordable bottling, in line with the 2017; it has depth and is more serious than what the price might suggest. Great value! This is the first certified-organic vintage of this wine. 60,000 bottles produced. It was bottled in April 2020.' 92pts, Luis Gutiérrez,

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