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Bodegas y Vinedos Ponce Clos Lojen 2015


SKU 8437008527017


Manchuela, a lesser-known Spanish wine region that is inland from Valencia, specializes in the Bobal grape variety, which is known for its thick skins and rusticity. And while there are very few defenders of this region and even fewer winemakers that are dedicated to this varietal, Juan Antonio Ponce stands alone as the leader of Manchuela and as the master of the Bobal grape. Juan Antonio Ponce began his winery in 2005, at the age of 23. He works biodynamically in the vineyard, and in the winery he takes a natural approach, using low levels of sulphur dioxide. His philosophy is to make natural wines with wild yeast fermentation, to respect the local varietal Bobal and to express its terroir. The winemaking process begins with hand harvesting. The bunches of grapes are then chilled to 8 °C and fermented whole-bunch, with the stems, in a type of fermentation known as "remango," which was once popular in Rioja. Juan Antonio Ponce worked as the right-hand man to Telmo Rodriguez at Cia de Vinos Telmo Rodrigues for 5 years. During this time he was in charge of winemaking, vineyard management, etc. His father, who owned some land in Manchuela, decided to start this project with him.
Category Red Wine
Country Spain
Region Manchuela
Brand Bodegas y Vinedos Ponce
Alcohol/vol 13.5%
  • wa90

Wine AdvocateThe unoaked, entry-level red, the 2015 Clos Lojén, is pure Bobal and wants to express the variety and region without any makeup. The full clusters fermented with indigenous yeasts in a 4,500-liter oak vat. Sixty percent of the volume matured in used 600-liter French oak barrels ,while the rest was kept in the oak vat. They have updated the labels as the wines have been slowly updated. The wine have grown up and become quite serious within their easy and approachable profiles, with the depth of old vineyards, way beyond young and fruit-driven wines. There is nice fruit in the nose, with aromas of cherries and spices, developing notes of licorice; it has good volume in the palate, is nicely defined, as well as fresh and clean. If all Bobal was like this, the grape wouldn't have the reputation it has... 29,000 bottles produced.

Luis Gutierrez, June 2016