Bodegas Pinord, Mas Blanc +7, Priorat, Catalonia, Spain, 2016

£27.00

In the heart of the Priorat appellation, between the villages of Bellmunt and Falset, is Pinord's Mas Blanc estate. Their 18 hectares of vineyard have been farmed organically from the beginning and most recently the family have adopted many biodynamic farming techniques. They believe by attempting to maintain a balance with the land they will be leaving it a better place for future generations. The grapes are sourced from seven different plots of vineyard, where the soils are made up of a slate known locally as 'licorella'. Slate soils are known for their heat-retention properties, which encourages the vines to reach maturity.

The vines are cultivated organically and harvested by hand. Following a meticulous selection process, the grapes underwent a careful maceration, extracting the primary aromas, flavours and the depth of colour in the resulting wine. The young wine was then aged for 14 months in American and French oak barrels imparting complexity and rounding out the tannins, followed by a further 12 months in bottle. This wine is made from Grenache 50%, Cabernet Sauvignon 30%, Syrah 20% and we call this a “disco-banger” in our parlance. Stunning tackle.

 

Nose:

Ripe and rich. Huge black fruit aromas, sweet vanilla and dark chocolate. Ripe, dense black fruits, cassis, leather, touch of minerality, pepper, liquorice, toasted hazeulnut, vanilla and chocolate aromas envelope the full bodied, but elegant palate, which is rich and very silky with a long, smooth finish.

Palate:

Full, beefy and proper. Yet elegant. A supremely well made wine from a jewel of a region. Silky, long and smooth on the finish.