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Manyetes
2008 Carignan

Viticulture

Vineyard: Arid, on steep slopes, south facing, very poor and exposed. Planted on terrasses and steep slopes at about 350 meters above sea level.
Soil Type: Licorella or fine schist
Vine Age:
Irrigation: No irrigation
Harvest Date: September
Yield: Very low.

Vinification:

Manyetes 2008 is a blend of 70% Carignan and 30% Grenache.
The Manyetes vineyard covers 10 ha and is situated in the most arid and poor soil in Gratallops. Manyetes is an exciting, passionate challenge with nature, the difficult and unique terroir impairs the pure Priorat essences. The Carignan forms the powerful backbone of the wine and the Grenache adds some femininity to this graceful wine.
The result is a delicate and sophisticated blend from a rather unique and harsh environment.
Manyetes is the authentic Priorat terroir turned into wine.

The grapes were harvested in September, pressed very gently in a olive press and fermented with its own indigenous yeast.
Aged in 40% 1st fill and 60% 2nd fill oak barrels from the best European sources.
Bottled in May 2010.

Tasting Notes:

Color: Dark red heightened with intense purple, inprint of its youth.
Nose: Intense and complex, surprisingly profound, subtle and pleasing. At first it shows some ripe fruits, such as plum and cassis with notes of balsamic. As the wine opens its complexity improves further with hints of minerals reminiscent of schist.
Palate: In the mouth it is unctuous, fresh and fruity. Its ripe and rich tannins are smooth on the palate. The long finish ends with a wealth of aromatic flavors.
Other: This is a beautiful wine that will improve and gain more elegance over the next 10 years to come.
This is definitely a food wine that will complement a wide array of dishes especially slightly spicy recipes.

Chemical Analysis:

Alc (%): 14.5
RS (g/l): 0.58
TA (g/l): 6.1
pH: 3.41
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