“Now a wine of Clos Mogador (it used to be separate project years ago, but it’s now fully integrated) and named after the zone of Gratallops where the ancient vines struggle to survive on pure slate soils, the 2011 Manyetes Vi de Vila Gratallops is a great example of how 2011 was a vintage for Cariñena in Priorat. While most of the Garnacha got overripe and showed cooked flavors, the Cariñenas took the heat with style and shows great balance and a restrained personality within the rustic character of the grape. This is the first vintage when Manyetes is 100% Cariñena, as they discarded the Garnacha that used to be part of the blend. It will remain like this and be Cariñena from now on as they have even re-grafted the Garnacha vines to Cariñena. The powerful and full-bodied palate shows great balance, earthy tannins and very good freshness all in great harmony. This is my favorite vintage of Manyetes so far. Well done! René Barbier Jr. thinks this is the best wine he produced in 2011, and I tend to agree. Superb value for the quality it delivers.
I had the opportunity to walk the Clos Mogador and Manatees vineyards with proprietor René Barbier, the father of modern Priorat. The focus on getting the soils alive and the careful winemaking of René Barbier Jr. resulted in the best wines they have produced since they started in 1989. Their wines are always carefully priced and represent good value for Priorat.”
— Luis Gutierrez / eRobertParker.com