Bodegas Ponce Reto Manchuela


Ponce, Reto 2010 Manchuela comes from the high-altitude wine region east of Madrid where Victor de la Serna’s own wine operation Finca Sandoval is based.

Young, up and coming winemaker Juan Antonio Ponce is a passionate advocate of the native grape variety, Bobal, and learnt many of his skills from his father, who still works in the vines. Juan Antonio has studied and travelled extensively in France and, like his friend Daniel Jiménez-Landi, he has been seduced by the theories of biodynamics. Clos Lojen is a fresh example of Bobal grown in this way and is a great introduction to his wines. PF (which stands for Pie Franco) is made solely from ungrafted vines from 65 to 85 years old, onlimestone and sand. Pino is from a cool sited vineyard of 30 years which produces very elegant fruit. Finally the stronger more masculine Estrecha comes from a single limestone vineyard of 75 years. All stunning wines that should not be missed.

The dry white Reto is certainly one of those full-bodied whites with great tension and not an ounce of flab. In fact, it’s so nervy one could imagine enjoying it without food, even though it should stand up to quite a lot of competition on a plate. The alcohol level is a robust 14.5% but it is not heavy.



Albillo Castillas

Manchuela, Valencia, Spain







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