Wine of the week: 2010 Ac煤stic Red – Vinyes Velles Nobles – Bodegas Acustic – Montsant, Spain

by Ed H-B

Neatly carrying on our Spanish theme from last week, Victoria Moore gave a tantalising write-up of the genial Albert Jan茅 Ubeda’s ‘Ac煤stic Red – Vinyes Velles Nobles – 2010’ from Montsant in the DailyTelegraph wine section last week:

Montsant is a region in north-east Spain which surrounds f锚ted Priorat like a halo.聽This very delicious red, made from garnacha and cari帽ena, has an incredibly silky feel, and like a classic dish refined by a great chef it manages to achieve richness and lightness at once. Flavours dance: a skein of smoke, a sweet ripeness, a pretty fragrance…

Spain’s聽2013 Gourmets Guide聽has also just rated聽Acustic聽Red 2010聽as one of the best wines in Spain with聽9.50 / 10 points,聽just 0.15 of a point behind聽Vega Sicilia Unico Reserva Especial聽– one of Spain’s most illustrious (and expensive) wines!

Acustic - Vinyes Velles Nobles - Bodegas Acustic 2010 Montsant, Spain

At just聽拢14.75 per bottle or 拢13.25* case price Ac煤stic Red 2010 offers fantastic drinking at quite remarkable value.

The wine:

This organically grown聽Grenache – Carignan聽combination聽is a聽rich and powerful聽wine that聽offers聽an intensely rich deep colour, with concentrated ripe, aromatic fruit, which contrasts nicely with the more poised and mineral driven Loidana 2007 from last week.

Reviews:

As further testament to Albert Jan茅’s聽skills, both in the vineyard and in the winery,聽the estate’s other wines that we have in stock have recently been given an array of accolades in the wine press:

” Gu铆a Vino 2013 (‘Spanish Wine Guide’) the Spanish wine critic Juan Fernandez-Cuesta awarded AcusticBra贸 2009聽聽93/100 points,聽 placing it among the best wines in Spain.

VINO Y GASTRONOMIA聽magazine highlights in “Los 300 mejores vinos”聽(The 300 best wines of Spain in 2012), the聽Auditori 2009聽with a rating of聽聽92/100聽and聽Acustic聽White 2010with聽91 / 100; both among the best wines in the red and white categories聽respectively. “

”聽At聽Gu铆a Pe帽铆n 2013聽–聽the point of reference for the Spanish wine industry –聽9 wines achieved over 90 points聽in the聽DO Montsant category聽“.

Guiapenin 2013 - Acustic Cellar - Monsant

n.b.聽Acustic White聽was also on the wine list at聽the world renown 3 Michelin star restaurant聽El Bulli.

The owner, his vineyards & production:

This tiny production from very old vines in the DO of Montsant (neighbouring Priorat) is the pet project of Albert Jan茅 Ubeda and his wife. Planted with Garnatxa (Grenache) and Samso (Carignan) the vines are between 25 and 70 years old, in harsh and stony soils of sand and stones.

acustic celler vineyard - Monsant-Grenache

Albert’s philosophy is to create wines that ‘express and revindicate the quality and singularity of the traditional viticulture against the globalisation of the international varieties and modern wine making style’.

Bodegas Acustic - Montsant - Old White Grenache

Hand picked grapes, traditional vinification (small wooden press), prudent use of oak, and bottling without fining or filtration, make these some of the most exciting and expressive wines we have tasted from this upcoming region.

Acustic cellar - full range

All of these wines are available on our website聽here聽or do drop by one of our shops in Barnes, Kensington, Chelsea or Fulham and say hello!

(*You can mix any 12 bottles of wine on our website (or more) to get the 鈥榗ase price鈥 for each bottle.)