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  • Decanting time

    3h
  • When to drink

    Now-2040
  • Food Pairing

    Roasted elk, grilled venison & fried lamb chops with garlic potatos

The Story

Appellation: DOQ Priorat

Grape varieties: Garnacha and Cariñena

Winemaking: Number of days of skin contact: 12-14 days / Fermentation in stainless steal under controlled temperature /Number of days of fermentation: 11 days / Fermentation temperature: 26ºC

Ageing: In French oak barrels for 16 months

Awards:

2016 vintage:

94+ points, Wine Advocate 2018

94 points, Decanter 2018

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Wine Information

Alcohol level: 14.5%

pH: 3.22

Total acidity: 6.02 g/L

Residual sugar: 1.5 g/L

Ageing potential: 10-15 years

Production: 1957 normal bottles, 67 Magnums and 35 Jeroboam

Vintage report: In climatic terms, the year saw a dry winter, a rainy early spring, and very little rain in late spring and summer. Summer temperatures were not excessively high, which allowed for gradual ripening. There was a slight delay in maturation in late August, but very high temperatures during the first week of September accelerated sugar concentration.

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Vintage 2017

SPAIN 2017 Vintage  /Extreme weather was seen across the wine world in 2017 and Spain was no exception. For most Spanish regions there were one or more climatic challenges to contend with including spring frost, drought, untypically high summer temperatures and occasional hail storms. Then, mercifully, the going got easier as more typical weather arrived for the August and September ripening period and generally very favourable harvest conditions. 

Frost hit areas where it rarely does in Spain – many areas of Galicia were affected with only Rías Baixas getting off lightly. Castilla y León, with its wide stretch of regions from Ribera del Duero to Bierzo, often sees some frost but this year it hit with a vengeance. Jerez was one of the few areas to escape and the central area of Castilla-La Mancha only suffered frost damage in isolated areas. 

The long drought and a very hot early summer period tested some varieties, especially non- indigenous ones. Older vines and bush vines with deep roots coped better with the extreme weather and soils with good water retention were a bonus. 

The harvest was generally low-yielding and early, having been brought forward by an early bud break. But the length of the harvest varied and thanks to fine weather growers could wait for the best time to pick waiting for each area to reach maturity. In some cases where there was a secondary growth on vines after the frost, the result was a later growing cycle and vines reaching maturity at more typical dates. 

Grape quality was often reported to be high with healthy bunches of smaller berries showing intense flavours and excellent ripeness. As always, those offering the best wines from this vintage are likely to have selected their grapes carefully. 

While yields are down in 2017, this harvest comes after more generous ones for many Spanish regions in recent years and this should safeguard against supply shortages. 

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Average Bottle Price

2020
285€

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Intense purple colour with violet hue and almost black core. Expressive nose with intense aroma reminiscent of ripe elder berries, blackcurrants, mid spices and liquorice, hints of noble leather and meaty character, great aromatic depth. On the palate opulent yet elegant with ripe tannins. Velvety tannins, mild acidity, elegant mild spices, cloves, nutmeg and vanilla, fine toasting flavour in the background. A wonderful and very promising wine with excellent potential.

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Origin

Catalunya, Penedès

Drinking temperature

17-18C

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