Terroir al Limit-Priorat-Les Manyes-Dominik Huber-Priorat
Terroir al Limit-Priorat-Les Manyes-Dominik Huber-Priorat

LES MANYES VI D’ALTURA

All reds are vinified in a very similar way. The technique is ancient and was traditionally used in Burgundy. We use the whole non- destemmed grapes and empty the small 10kg cases gently into our vats, avoiding the accumulation of air and using some CO2. When the vat is full we just cover it and wait for natural fermentation, using only wild yeasts. The grapes should remain at a temperature of around 20o, not too cold in order to begin a quick, dynamic fermentation and not too warm to avoid the temperature rising above 28o during the fermentation.

After fermentation has started there is no mechanical interaction such as pigeage or remontage, we just leave the grapes to ferment gently and slowly. When the fermentation is complete we press the grapes, removing all the sugar from the whole grapes and then fermenting them dry in a second fermentation without the skins. The result is a very fine, complex and fluid expression of all the different terroirs we work with.
Location Montsant Mountain, around Mas Deu
Age 55 years old
Altitude 800 meters
Varieties 100% Grenache
Soils
clay
Production 1,800 bottles
Yield 1,500 kg per hectare
Alcohol 14%
Location Montsant Mountain, around Mas Deu
Age 55 years old
Altitude 800 meters
Varieties 100% Grenache
Soils
clay
Production 1,800 bottles
Yield 1,500 kg per hectare
Alcohol 14%
  • ELEVAGE
  • REVIEW
After several years experimenting with different casks, sizes and producers, we now work with a combination of 500-litre barrels and different sizes of Stockinger, thus guaranteeing the most respectful elevage to allow the wine to rest before early bottling. We prefer bottling the wines in a rather reductive state with some hints of gas and lots of life. This means they are very fresh and vital when put into the bottle, resulting in a fresh, straightforward wine which is tight and has lots of tension.
Reviewed by Luis Gutiérrez | The Wine Advocat

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...