2009 Vinyes Velles Magiques Bodegas Acústic

Grapes Garnacha
Colour Red
Origin Spain, Montsant
ABV 14%

All old Garnacha. Much richer than the blends with Cariñena in them. Splendid, broad and glorious in shape. Refined and very alive. Easy to see a relationship with Châteauneuf but this has more energy than most of them! Drinking range: 2014 - 2023 Rating: 17.5/20 Jancis Robinson OBE MW - (Aug 2015)

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Old Garnacha from Montsant, the DO which surrounds Priorat. An aromatic stunner reminiscent of the Mediterranean garrigue. (Pedro Ballesteros Torres MW's dream £800 cellar)Decanter Magazine (Mar 2015)

(100% garnatxa, from vines reportedly between 80 and 100 years of age): Glass-staining ruby. Kaleidoscopic bouquet displays pungent, spice-accented raspberry, cherry, violet and incense aromas, with sexy vanilla and potpourri qualities gaining power with air. Densely packed and palate-staining but shockingly energetic, offering sweet red and dark berry flavors with a liqueur-like intensity. Floral pastille and gingerbread notes carry through a very long, sappy, seamless finish. This is delicious now but has the depth and balance to age. Rating: 94 Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar (Nov 2011)

The 2009 Auditori was tasted from a barrel sample but will be in bottle by the time this report is published. It is 100% Garnacha sourced from 80- to 100-year-old vines and aged for 13 months in French oak. It is more expressive than the Brao (and that’s saying something). It is a tight, youthful offering that should easily achieve its 20th birthday in fine form. 2011-2029 Rating: (93-96) Jay Miller, (Nov 2011)

Acústic Celler

These exciting wines, from very old vines in the DO of Montsant (a 'doughnut-like' ring of land that encircles Priorat on all sides) is the project of Albert Jané Ubeda. Unlike Priorat's famous slate soils Monsant has a mixture of terroirs with more clay, sand and slate vineyards. Planted with Garnatxa (Garnacha) and Samso (Cariñena).

Albert is like an obsessive collector when it comes to prospecting new vineyards, even if he comes across a small parcel of old bush vines he just has to have it and this patchwork of sites add so much complexity and intensity to his wines. All the vines are between 30 and 105 years old, in harsh and stony soils of sand stones and clay.

Albert's philosophy is to create wines that express and bring back to life the traditional way of making wines here. He is all about authenticity and says his job is to look after the vines - he makes his wine in the vineyards not the cellar. It is the vines and the terroir that are the magic here for Albert and his mission is to bottle it!

Working organically since his first vintage in 2004, all the grapes are hand-picked. Vinification is traditional (small wooden press), there is a very prudent use of oak 'a good barrel is a barrel you cannot taste' says Albert, it should 'help the wine express itself not actually add its own mark to the juice'. All wines are then bottled without fining or filtration, making them the most exciting and expressive wines we have tasted from this upcoming region.

Albert also has exciting wine projects in Priorat with Ritme Cellar and Autocton Cellar.

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