Clos Lojen Bobal
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PRODUCER: Juan Antonio is a leading figure in biodynamic and natural winemaking in his native Cuenca. After working with Telmo Rodríguez and Pablo Eguzkiza on a number of their projects throughout Spain, Juan Antonio spent time in France learning about biodynamics and how he could apply those techniques to his own vineyards in Manchuela.
WINEMAKING: The manual harvest takes place in small 20kg baskets. The grapes are then chilled for 24 hours until they reach 8°C. Only whole bunches are used and grapes are foot-trodden before fermenting in small wooden vats ranging from 1,500 to 4,000 kg. Ageing takes place in 5th to 8th use French oak barrels of various capacities, including large 1,500-litre foudres and 300-litre barrels for 7 months. The wines are bottled unfiltered.
TASTING NOTE: Sweet, ripe nose with warm, plummy dark cherry and blackberry fruit, and a hint of baked cherry pie. The palate is ripe and sweet but with a pronounced savoury, structured edge. Dense, mouth-filling and spicy with some drying tannins.