Friday, July 04, 2014 in News
Priorat is one of the wine world’s greatest recent discoveries. This tiny region in the Catalonian coastal hinterland produces some of Spain’s most prestigious red wines. The region has only 1,800 ha of vines covering steep terraces and plateaus up to 900m featuring both granite based soils and unique shale based ”llicorella” soils.
A rugged, hypnotizing landscape, Priorat experiences warm to hot days with cool evenings producing wines of great intensity, colour and ripeness.
Although the first appellation wine dates from 1974, it has only been in the last 20 years that Priorat’s vineyards planted to Garnacha, Carinena, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Pinot Noir, have been slowly revived with great success, producing a new wave of powerful, rich reds, some with generous new oak characters.
In stylistic terms Priorat is still finding its way. The first wines to capture global attention and acclaim were big, heady, richly oaked reds often made with a large proportion of international varieties such as Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. Now, the tide has turned with the focus squarely on employing Mediterranean varieties, organic viticulture, indigenous yeast and a move away from maturation in small oak barrels in favour of large format barrels or foudres.
Priorat's top producers include Alvaro Palacios, Terroir al Limit and Agnes de Cervera.
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