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Reto 2019

Reto

2019
Manchuela (Spain)

How many wines made from Albilla de Manchuela do you know? Most likely none, and you've probably nev...

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£ 12.49

/ btl 0.75 L

Details for Reto 2019

Type

Wine White Barrel Aged

Wine region

Manchuela (Spain)

Grapes

Producer

Alcohol content

13.5%

Bottle size and vintage

0.75 L - 2019

Review

How many wines made from Albilla de Manchuela do you know? Most likely none, and you've probably never heard of this grape before either. Don't worry, neither had the ampelographers studying grapevine genetics. It's a very unusual variety, of unknown origin, that has nothing to do with the Albillos from the Sierra de Gredos despite their similar names. It was named Albilla de Villamalea or de Manchuela, albilla ('alba' in Spanish means 'dawn'), most likely due to its early ripening, since it's usually harvested at the beginning of August. So our thanks go to whoever first planted it there, and to those who kept it going.

Juan Antonio Ponce, creator of this fantastic wine, set himself a challenge ('reto' in Spanish means 'challenge'): to produce a white wine with personality, moving away from the more usual white wine profile and using local grapes. Plenty of originality, that's for sure! You'll find Reto a very interesting wine: pure, unpretentious, authentic, that you'll be getting at a very fair price. That said, the challenge for the consumer will be to find bottles on the market: you either get them when they're just released, or you make a note for next year. Ponce has that ability: to make splendid wines of limited production at such sensible prices they simply fly off the shelves (have you tried his Depaula?).

Reto has been nourished by a great variety of soils planted in high areas, between 700 and 820 metres; these are granite, calcareous-clay, calcareous, rocky, alluvial soils... and when you taste the wine you'll notice a saline undertone and wonder: where has this Atlantic, sea element come from? Ponce told us that there used to be some natural salt flats in the area, and we all concluded that the salt is still a feature deep in the ground. To achieve greater personality, each parcel is fermented and matured separately, the grapes are not destemmed so as to avoid over-extraction, and after pressing the must goes straight to the barrels, without maceration, where it matures on its lees for several months. This results in a delicate wine, almost transparent as regards colour in the cooler years, with plenty of volume but no heaviness; and a wine that fuses its rustic and floral components, a complex and mineral wine with a definite saltiness on the finish.

We won't say much more, as it's a wine to discover gradually and delight in its surprises. If the first impression reminds you of beer, you wouldn't be wrong, because the yeast aromas are very characteristic, very marked in some vintages. Smell it, savour its minerality, its refinement, its fresh whiffs of fennel and its marine undertone — it seems more like a Galician wine than one from the Cuenca region! You'll discover how appetising and seductive it is too on the palate: subtly sweet, saline, creamy, citrusy, with apple peel, lime, quince... It's Ponce's only white wine but truly a one-off. You've done more than overcome the challenge, Juan Antonio!

Mushrooms / Braised vegetables / Chicken / Turkey / Rice with fish / Fish in sauce / Seafood in sauce

  • Optimum serving temperature:Between 10ºC and 12ºC

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by: rachel (17/09/2018) - Vintage 2017

Delicious

Really love this wine.. great value for the price.. would highly recommend.. great with food - seafood or chicken.. or as appertif

by: Nabokov (10/09/2018) - Vintage 2017

As always, quite satisfying

Reto is a great pleasure. Both creamy and saline, with a gorgeous, discrete touch of white fruits. In one year will be even better and more balanced. Great value for money too.

by: Javier (13/06/2018) - Vintage 2016

Great value. Light and well structured.

Refreshing and aromatic white wine. Banana, pineapple and white flowers. Acidity a bit high is compensated by a well balanced aftertaste.