2015 Terroir al Limit "Les Manyes" Priorat

SKU #1440765 99 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The otherworldly 2015 Les Manyes is a completely different Garnacha from Priorat, as it comes from a high-altitude vineyard on clay and limestone soils with a total absence of slate. From a cold terroir at 800 meters in altitude, this is very perfumed, floral, exuberant and open, nuanced, elegant and complex. The wine also has structure and concentration but doesn't show it—or just shows it in a subtle way. This has an electric palate with lively, almost citric acidity. Every year the wines seem to be better... Where is the limit? 1,865 bottles were filled after 24 months in a Stockinger foudre, yet the wine shows no oak at all. This is truly outstanding, possibly the best Les Manyes ever. I couldn't help but to think about Rayas when I tasted this... (LG)  (4/2018)

96 points James Suckling

 A garnacha that delivers aromatic brilliance and palate focus. Medium body, and a dense palate that builds with powdery tannins and a bright and growing finish. An emotional wine. Drink or hold. (JS)  (1/2018)

95 points Jeb Dunnuck

 Beautiful notes of ripe strawberries, strawberries, dried flowers, rose garden, hints of dried earth and minerality all emerge from the 2015 Les Manyes. Made from 100% Garnacha, fermented with no destemming, and aged two years in a single foudre, this medium to full-bodied beauty has a Rayas-like personality, building, fine tannin, not a hard edge to be found, and a great finish. It’s an incredible expression of Garnacha from the Priorat that’s going to drink beautifully for 15+ years. This cuvée is unique in that it comes from more clay soils compared to the more typical Llicorella and schist soils of the region.  (2/2018)

K&L Notes

Tasting Les Manyes blind is a thrilling exercise. Without a reference point to guide you, you find yourself wandering around the Mediterranean confused if you’re in Spain, the Rhône or Piedmont. There are a couple of reasons why Les Manyes is so unique in the Priorat. Firstly, this is not Garnatxa on llicorella, instead it is grown on clay soils rich in chalk located in the mountains above the village of Scala Dei – making for a wine with a distinctly different mineral profile that one normally expects from the Priorat. Secondly it is made by Dominik Huber, who farms these grapes biodynamically, harvests them a few weeks before his neighbors, ferments them whole cluster with indigenous yeasts, favors infusion over extraction and presses half-way through the fermentation before finishing the wine and aging it in a single 1200L Stockinger fuder.

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