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- 17p by Luis Gutierrez
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Juan Antonio Ponce is one of the most exciting young producers in Spain. After working with Telmo Rodriguez, he decided he wanted to follow biodynamics, and he chose to go back to his homeland in Manchuela and produce wines with the local varieties, mostly Bobal, but he's experimenting with others. This is 60% Moravia Agria and 40% Garnacha fermented in open oak vats, with full clusters. The grapes are grown organically and he tries to be as natural as possible and use as little sulphur as possible. Bunches are foot trodden and once fermentation is over the wine is aged in used barriques of 300 and 500 litres.
Lightly coloured. On the nose is an explosion of flowers, red fruits with a funky touch, and plenty of strawberry bubble gum and other aromas that are like walking into a sweet shop. With time and air turns very spicy, with a high-pitched note of black pepper and some cinnamon. Very pleasant to drink, it's fresh with plenty of acidity, full of flavours of strawberries with pepper. This is a wine to drink rather than sip, chilled rather than not. Spicy and fresh, somehow herbaceous, more Atlantic than Mediterranean. A surprise. (LG)