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This is a superb Priorat (50% Garnacha and 50% Carinena)! It’s as ripe and powerful as you’d hope with flavours of cooked red & black fruit, coffee and spices. Lovely supple tannins, medium+ acidity with aromas of liquorice, toast, tar and brandied cherries. We’ve never seen better value from this desirable and much sought after Catalan DOCa.
Priorat is a small, dynamic wine region in Catalonia north-eastern Spain, whose intense, full-bodied red wines have shot to fame in the past few decades. The classic Priorat wine is made from old vine Garnacha and Carinena.
The region’s relatively recent rise to fame and glory belies its long history of winemaking. Winemaking dates back at least as far as the 12th Century, when monks of the Carthusian Order established a the Priorato dei Scala Dei monastery and planted vineyards there. The monastery’s ruins can still be visited today, and vines still hug the hillsides below it.
Yield is closely linked to quality: lower yields generally mean higher quality. Spain’s hot, dry vineyards are known for their low yields but Priorat’s vines are low yielding even by Spanish standards. Yields here average less than five hectoliter’s per hectare. To provide some context, the Spanish average is 25hectoliter’s per hectare