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Manyetes
2009 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 2009 is a blend of 90% Carignan and 10% 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 50% 1st fill and 50% 2nd fill oak barrels from the best European sources over 16 months and bottled in May 2011.
6 700 bottles made.

Tasting Notes:

Color: Deep garnet with some hints of violet on the rim.
Nose: fresh and mineral with ripe forest fruits and spices.
Palate: Rich with ripe fruits such as cherry and blackberry, textured and intense, with a good acidity and freshness in the mouth. An impressive long finish with a sweet minerality. Surprisingly fresh.
Other: This wine should be aged for a few years to develop more elegance although it is still pleasingly appealing while young.

Chemical Analysis:

Alc (%): 14.5
RS (g/l): 0.42
TA (g/l): 5.7
pH: 3.53
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