Sunday, 2 June 2013

Wine of the week - 2010 P.F, Bodegas Ponce, Manchuela

In Shepherds Bush, opposite the Westfield "Temple of Consumerism", is a delightful secret. A little independent reminder that it's worth fighting for the little guys. The bustling Albertine wine bar has been selling great wine for decades and is a favourite for an after-work glass for the local BBC staff. In fact one drink has been known to turn into many glasses for me and my colleagues. The wine list has so many interesting and quirky wines by the glass and the bottle that it's difficult to leave it at just one.

When the Real Wine Fair was on back in March, Albertine joined in the celebration of natural wine with an inspired selection of wines from the fair. During a evening of sampling these fascinating wines, one of them impressed us so much that we had to take a bottle home with us.

This wine was the 2010 P.F (Pie Franco) from Bodegas Ponce in Manchuela. It's made from a tiny number of very old ungrafted Bobal vines and the intensity of this wine is testament to both the quality of those vines and the skill of the winemaker, Juan Antonio Ponce.
It has a huge nose that takes your breath away with bags of blackcurrant, black pepper and herbs . There are focused and almost overwhelming flavours of black fruits and spice but balanced with a hint of creamy vanilla, while the acidity and medium tannins give it a great structure and long lingering finish.

P.F might still be available from Albertine but is also available from Wine Direct, Roberson wine and is imported by Indigo Wine.

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