Ponce is a barrel-aged red wine made by Bodegas Ponce in the D.O. Manchuela (Castilla La Mancha) with the Bobal and Moravia Agria varieties.
Having studied under the great teacher Telmo Rodríguez, Juan Antonio Ponce returned to his native Machuela (Albacete) to set up his own personal project. Bodegas Ponce is committed to recovering native varieties like Bobal, Albilla white and Moravia Agria red and their wines are known for being clean, pure, simple, direct and not at all like typical quality wines.
Cultivated separately on 40 plots under 2.5 hectares in size, the Ponce grapes benefit from the plateau and good aeration. And because the Bobal variety is naturally hard, it is cultivated using environmentally friendly agriculture to soften it, by not forcing excessively low yields or harvesting early. The Moravia Agria grape is planted in calcareous soil.
In the winery, production of the Ponce wine begins with each variety fermenting separately with native yeasts in wooden vats and with a short maceration. The wine ages for 17 months in large, 600-litre French oak barrels. When it is ready, it is bottled without filtering or clarifying.
Being one of the winery’s latest new products, Ponce was made as a tribute to the first 15 years of the project. This is a personal work that carried the winemaker’s personality and has earned him the recognition of great masters like Parker.