Fatum Macabeo Airen Sauvignon Blanc is white wine blend from the wine-growing region of La Mancha located in central Spain. It is bottled as a DO La Mancha.
EA Vinos is a wine project by viticulturalist and oenologist Manuel Manzaneque Suarez. Some might be familiar with the name, Manuel’s father Manuel Manzaneque senior, founded a wine estate called Finca Elez which was one of the very first single estate wineries in Spain to be given its own DO, DO Finca Elez. It was only natural that Manuel Manzaneque Suarez would follow into the family business. Manuel studied Viticulture and Oenology at Montpellier SupAgro in France and went on to work harvests in the South of France, Spain and Bordeaux. Eventually Manuel went on to be technical director of the family estate at El Bonillo, a job he did for 10 years.
In 2011 Manuel started his own wine project and in 2012 he left the family firm to concentrate solely on EA Vinos. The idea behind EA Vinos is to concentrate on indigenous grape varieties and to demonstrate that high quality wines can be in DO La Mancha. He has experimented with Bobal, Garnacha Tintorera and Cencibel (the local name for Tempranillo) from 30 to 70 year old vines. Manuel is also a consultant for to many wineries in the region, so I am sure he has good access to parcels of grapes! EA Vinos currently produce four wines wines, this one a Fatum Tinto and two an old vine Cencibel called ¡Ea! and Mil Cepas respectively.
Fatum Airen Macabeo Sauvignon Blanc is made from grapes sourced from vineyards in with an average age of 30 years old for the Airen and 20 years old for the Sauvignon Blanc. The vineyards are located in various parts of DO La Mancha including La Roda (Albacete) and Pozoamargo (Cuenca) are predominantly situated on lime and clay soils. The grapes are harvested the optimum state of ripeness. They undergo a 12 hour period of cold maceration prior to a cool fermentation in stainless steel using only indigenous yeasts. The wine is allowed to rest for 4 months on the fine lees prior to racking and bottling. The blend is usually around 50% Airen, 30% Macabeo and 20% Sauvignon Blanc.
Why is it called Fatum? Fatum translates from Latin as destiny or fate.