Bodega Altolandon - RED BOBAL Mil Historias Manchuela 2019 750ML (14.5% ABV)
juicy blue fruits, freshly cracked black pepper, with nice tannic/mineral grip, gentle acidity, and a silky texture, subtle hints of violets, rosemary. This Bobal shows distinctive power, vibrant fruit, freshness with soft and ripe tannin. It is spicy and juicy with a well rounded palate with a fascinating crunchy-fruit freshness. The finish is gently tannic combined excellent depth.
high in antioxidants.
Decanter 91 Points
Vivid aromas of yuzu and prune. Bright Zesty fruits give way to pronounced earthiness, with a peppery kick of watercress at the end. Fresh and juicy, with firm, smooth tannins.-JS April 2021
From the importer, Skin Contact Wines:
"Grapes are harvested by hand from certified organic vineyards. Fermentation occurs in stainless steel after a 2 day cold soak. Fermentation on skins lasts around 30 days after which the wine is racked to 2nd and 3rd use French oak barrels for 4 months. The oak softens the wine and does not overtly alter the character. The wine is then racked back to tank where it stabilizes in the cold cellar through the winter. Bottled without fining, filtration, or sulfur."
The property consists of 120 hectares with the winery resting right in the centre, not only making it aesthetically satisfying but also extremely practical. At 1,100 metres above sea level, the altitude serves to benefit the grapes with large diurnal variations which encourage even ripening and also helping retain their natural acidity. Organic methods are used to manage the vines utilizing only natural fertilizers and some green pruning to further guarantee the quality of fruit prior to hand-harvesting. The grapes are vinified as naturally as possible with native yeasts and little other intervention. The wines are then aged in French oak and some in clay amphora to retain purity, but build complexity.
The vineyards face north-south, at about 11 metres surrounded by mountains but on a flat plain. The vineyards are farmed organically, sustainably and biodynamically with vines cordon trained and spur pruned.