SPAIN


Manyetes
2010 Carignan

Viticulture

Vineyard: 10 ha Vineyard, south facing, very poor soil. Planted on terrasses against a steep slope at about 350 meters above sea level.
Soil Type: Licorella or fine schist
Vine Age: Very old.
Irrigation: No irrigation
Harvest Date: September.
Yield: Very low.

Vinification:

This 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 vines grow in extreme conditions with very poor soils, hot summer days, cold nights and cold winters.
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 using an 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 2012.
Total production 7000 bottles.

VINTAGE CONDITIONS
2010 is a 'cold' year in Priorat, considered as the best vintage since the first Manyetes in 1999. This 'cold' year resulted in an extremely well balanced vintage also exceptionally good for aging.

Tasting Notes:

Color: Deep garnet with some hints of violet on the rim.
Nose: Fresh and mineral with ripe forest fruits and spices.
Palate: Fine structure, a wine with more length and structure than bold ripe fruits. Silky tannins, easy to appreciate from a young age, its length, minerality and structure promise a very good aging potential.
Other: This is a great food pairing wine, it will especially go well with roast rack of lamb, Oxtail or Beaufort cheese.

Chemical Analysis:

Alc (%): 14.5
RS (g/l): 0.2
TA (g/l): 5.6
pH: 3.4
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