Bodegas Ponce La Casilla Manchuela
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Region: Manchuela, Spain
Grape varieties: 100% Bobal
Bodegas Ponce La Casilla Manchuela is a rustic, yet decadent Bobal from a little-known area north of Valencia. Aromatic and wild with notes and flavors of blackberry, dark plum, flint, smoked herbs, and fresh earth. Matures in 600-liter French oak barrels for 12 months. Bottled unfined and unfiltered with a small touch of SO².
Song: Seeing Red by Architects
Black Plum, Blackberry
Low Sulfur (less than 50mg/L)
Room Temperature (63°–67°)
T. Edward Wines
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ABOUT THE PRODUCER
About Bodegas Ponce La Casilla Manchuela
Bodegas Ponce La Casilla Manchuela is a rustic, yet decadent Bobal from a little-known area north of Valencia. Aromatic and wild with notes and flavors of blackberry, dark plum, flint, smoked herbs, and fresh earth. 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. It matures in 600-liter French oak barrels for 12 months. Bottled unfined and unfiltered with a small touch of SO².
About Bodegas Ponce
At Bodegas Ponce, Juan Antonio Ponce taps a network of old vineyards throughout the southwestern Manchuela region, specializing in fresh renditions of the rustic, notoriously difficult, Bobal grape variety.
Ponce didn’t choose a career in winemaking on a whim – life among the vines has been his lifelong endeavor. He enrolled at the Requena School of Viticulture and Oenology at just 14, and during his time there, conceived a plan to one day run his winery. After finishing his studies, he landed a winemaking and vineyard management role at Compañía Telmo Rodríguez, where he got to craft wines in regions across Spain, compiling a wealth of practical viticultural knowledge.
In 2005, at just 23 years old, Juan Antonio brought that knowledge back home to Manchuela and realized his long-awaited dream to start a family winery. His father contributed some land he owned in the region, and the two began farming it together.
In their certified organic vineyards, Ponce and his father plant trees and vegetation native to the Mediterranean, encouraging healthy biodiversity for the vines. They farm traditionally, avoiding irrigation whenever possible, and as they’ve grown, they’ve constructed their buildings with energy-conscious materials and air conditioning.
Ponce shows a mastery of the native Bobal grape variety but also uses varieties like Albilla, Moravia Agria, Monastrell, and Garnacha. They hand-pick everything earlier than most regional producers to give their wines, particularly Bobal, fresh acidity. After chilling the clusters to 8°C, they ferment their grapes whole cluster—a technique known as “remango,” which was once popular in Rioja.
Juan Antonio still works with his father in the vineyards, and his two children now assist with winemaking. He might have gained renown as a leader of Manchuela winemaking and a Bobal whisperer, but he hasn’t forsaken his mission to keep family at the center of his bodega.