Grenache (60%), Carignan (30%), Downy Grenache (10%)
The Grenache is from 30 year old vines grown at 420m overlooking Vall Major in Batea. The Hairy Grenache (Garnatxa Peluda) and Carignan are from the vineyards at Mas de Cabrera in Gandesa. Both areas are dominated by poor limestone soils. After the hot dry summer promoted early ripening, both the Grenaches were picked early on the 8th and 9th September. The Carignan followed on the 21st of September.
Each grape variety was hand picked separately before undergoing a 5 day cold soak. Individual fermentations followed at up to 24°C in stainless steel, with regular punchdowns. Malolactic fermentation and 12 months maturation was carried out in French oak barrels.
– Alcohol content: 14.5%
– Total acidity: 5.0 g/l as Tartaric
– Volatile acidity: 0.5 g/l
– Residual sugar: 0.5 g/l
Very floral nose full of lifted red fruits, violets and vanilla fudge. The palate is all red fruits with plums and strawberries to the fore. Mouthfilling but smooth and approachable rather than tannic.
As well as the traditional ‘steak frites’, BBQ ribs and chops, it also pairs well with beef carpaccio, duck and roast lamb.
The wine is ideally served at 16-18°C. It will benefit from decanting shortly before serving, particularly as it ages. It will continue to evolve over the next 5-10 years.