Carignan (90%), Grenache (10%)
The specially selected Carignan grapes are from 40 year old vines at Mas de Cabrera and La Cendrosa near Gandesa, Terra Alta. The Grenache (Garnatxa Negre) is from 30 year old vines at Mas de Cabrera.
Both grape varieties were hand picked separately before undergo- ing a 5 day cold soak. Individual fermentations followed at up to 24°C in stainless steel, with regular punchdowns. Malolactic fermentation and 9 months maturation was carried out in 300 litre French oak barrels (20% of which were new). This wine is only made in great years, and is blended from the best wines and barrels of the vintage. It is bottled unfiltered.
– Alcohol content: 14.5%
– Total acidity: 5.3 g/l (as tartaric)
– Volatile acidity: 0.59 g/l
– Residual sugar: 0.5 g/l
On the nose, ripe fig and dark fruits dominate with a touch of cedar. The palate is round and full, with smooth tannins and ripe, but not jammy fruit. It shows great concentration, leading to a sustained finish showing graphite and funky spice.
As well as the traditional ‘steak frites’, roasts and BBQ meats, it also pairs well with hearty casseroles, mushroom dishes, and strong cheeses.
The wine is ideally served at 18-20°C. It is ready to drink now but if laid down should evolve wonderfully over the next 5-10 years. It will benefit from decanting shortly before serving, particularly as it ages.