The Elez estate property is situated near the village of El Bonillo in the heart of the mountains of Sierra de Alcarz in Albacete at 1080 meters above sea level, in a microclimate singled out by steep temperature gradients between night and day. To draw from it the best quality wines, Manuel Manzaneque strictly limits the production volume. The estate is an authentic “domaine”, with 85 acres of vineyards exclusively for Manuel Manzaneque. The special characteristics of the types of soil have been carefully analyzed; loose, with sandy clay, containing limestone, firm components of marl and ochre clays, with a high potassium content. The microclimate and the specific behavior of the vines at their respective altitudes favor that highly personal character of the wines. All this has resulted in the first Denominations of Origin exclusively to one winery and his own vineyard: DO Finca Elez.
Finca Élez Chardonnay 2013: 100% Chardonnay. Poor, loose, well-drained soil, with clay-limy characteristics. 12 hours of maceration with the skins. Fermentation with temperature control at 16C. After fermentation move the lees for more volume.
Finca Élez Crianza 2006: 70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Tempranillo, and 15% Merlot. Fermentation of 18 days at 25C in different tanks separated by parcel and variety. Subsequent maceration of 5 days for Cabernet, 12 days for Merlot, and 15 days for Tempranillo. 40% of Malolactic fermentation in American oak barrel, and 60% in stainless tanks. 14 months maturation in oak barrels.
Nuestra Seleccion 2005: 40% Cabernet Sauvignon, 40% Tempranillo, 10% Merlot. 15 days at 25C in steel deposit, following 7 days of maceration. Malolactic fermentation in barrels of American oak. The wine was then matured for 18 months in oak barrels.
Manuel Manzaneque wines we feature:
- Finca Élez Chardonnay, 2013
- Finca Élez Crianza, 2006
- Nuestra Selección, 2005