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Characteristics MANYETES   2011
Type of wine:   Reserve
Average production:   5.000 bottles
Distribution:   international and national (Europe, U.S., China, Japan, Australia...)
Appellation:   DOCa. Priorat
Grapes:   100% Carignan
Size of vineyard:   10 hectares
Altitude:   350 meters approx.
Ethanol:   15,5%
Titratable acidity:   5,4 g/l
Volatil acidity:   0,75 m/g
Total sulfur dioxide:   37 mg/l
Reducing sugars:   1,36 g/L
pH:   3,5
Type of bottle:   Bordeaux
Retail price:   52,00€ to 57,00€
 
Ageing MANYETES   2011
Type of oak:   from the best forests of Europe
Time in barrel:   18 months( Foudre de 2300 l.)
Bottled:   4 May 2013
Vi de vila (Village Wine) MANYETES   2011
 

The different terroirs which exist within the Priorat wine appellation have given rise to the creation of a new “Village Wine – Gratallops”. Just like in Burgundy, France. The prestige of this winemaking area knows no limits and Manyetes is a good example of this new wine label.

Manyetes is the name of a vineyard in Gratallops: A daring venture where vines can barely survive given the poor soil of the region, the intense sunlight and the bleak exposure. The vines are quite literally at the extreme of survival, however, this is exactly what gives rise to the principal essence of Priorat!

In this parched, arid area of steeply sloping slate hillsides, our Carignans struggle to survive. This is an extraordinary vineyard in an extraordinary setting. With the idea of bringing a touch of femininity to our wines, we have also planted the Grenache.

Today, the work has paid off and visitors to the region can appreciate the vast horizon where the Ebro river gives, from time to time, a modicum of humidity - just enough to allow the vines to survive.
The final result is staggering - a harmonious blend of these noble grapes is completely at one with the terroir and gives us a wine with minerality, femininity, subtlety and complexity which warms our hearts.

Manyetes is, quite simply, the essence of Priorat transformed into wine .


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René Barbier Meyer MANYETES   2011
 

“Les Manyetes” is a south-facing vineyard, located at 250m above sea level. The soil is 100% “llicorella” (a type of schist) with very little top soil, where the vines struggle to survive. It is our hottest vineyard plot.

In this soil and with this type of sun exposure, the Carignan grape variety offers surprising freshness, yet it still retains its bold tannins.
Comments on the 2011 vintage MANYETES   2011
 

THANK YOU 2011! This was a hot and dry vintage. Vineyard management was complicated, especially in the Manyetes vineyard due to it being a south-facing plot with poor soil. We harvested the Garnatxa (Grenache) separately from the Carinyena (Carignan) grapes. The resulting Garnatxa (Grenache) wine was characterized by being very heavy and ripe, whilst the Carinyena (Carignan) wine was concentrated and surprisingly refreshing. Thanks to this vintage, we have re-affirmed our belief that the Manyetes area is best for Carinyena (Carignan) grapes and this is why we have decided to exclude Garnatxa (Grenache) from this project. Manyetes 2011 is the first 100% Carinyena (Carignan) Manyetes wine we have made.

In my opinion, this is the most complex and balanced Manyetes to date. It is the greatest we have made!

René Barbier Meyer