|Origin||La Mancha, Spain|
I wanted to call this “Le Vin from La Mancha” but it was basically mangling too many languages!
For years, La Mancha wines had a really bad reputation in the UK, mainly due to the copious amounts of really cheap red plonk that the supermarkets used to peddle in the 1990s. I recall, vaguely, drinking it in my student days and it makes me wince just thinking about it. Today there are some serious winemakers in the La Mancha including many members of the Grandes Pagos de España (GPdE).
Manual Manazaneque Suarez cut his teeth working for his father’s estate (one of the very first Grandes Pagos de España) but has now branched out on his own with the intention of demonstrating that quality wines can be made from local grapes in La Mancha. He works mainly with Cencibel, the local name for Tempranillo.
Bodegas Calar are another small project (20 hectares) who, again, mainly concentrate on Tempranillo. Perhaps their most interesting selling point is that their vineyards are located on the the only volcanic derived soils in Spain situated on the Campo de Calatrava volcanic field. These soils have a marked influence on the styles of their wines.
Garnache specialists Bodegas Jimenez-Landi are located to the south-west of Madrid and most of their wines come under the Mentrida DO. recognized as being expert producers of Garnacha using 21st century wine-making whilst respecting history and tradition.
Please follow the links below for more information on the individual wines in the New La Mancha Spanish Wines Mixed Case.
6 bottles in total, which are:
1 x bottle Fatum Tempranillo Bobal
Around 80% Tempranillo and 20% Bobal. Red fruit, red currants, cherries and hints of spice
1 x bottle ¡Ea! Manuel Manzaneque Suarez
Aged in a combination of French and American oak. Ripe red fruit, cherries, damsons with some floral notes and a slight herbaceousness. On the palate, think plums, cherries and a hint of milk chocolate.
1 x bottle Mil Cepas Manuel Manzaneque Suarez
Old vine Tempranillo, aged 14 months in second fill French oak barrels. Sweet, ripe fruit including cherries and red berry fruit. There are also hints of spice and cedar and some creamy oak notes from the barrel ageing. There is also sweet spice character, nutmeg and hints of smokey oak.
1 x bottle Jimenez Landi El Corralon, DO Mentrida
A fresh and pure blend of 65% Grenache, 30% Syrah and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon from the DO of Mentrida located near Toldeo.
1 x bottle Calar Abrego, Vino de la Tierra de Castilla
Aged for 9 months in a combination of second fill French (60%) and American (40%) oak barrels. Fresh, fruity and powerful. Dark fruit, blackberries and blackcurrants.
12 Months in new French oak barrels. Aromatic and complex with aromas and flavours of very ripe black fruit, plums, raisins, vanilla and spices.