2010 Vinyes Velles Magiques Acústic Celler
Acústic Celler's top cuvée is a 100% very old (up to 90 years) Garnacha, aged a year in new and one year old barriques. Intense and rich, but also thrillingly refreshing. The 2010 is at its apex and will please lovers of the Rhône as well as Spanish wine fans, and will thrill any dinner party with a yen for something out of the ordinary. L&S (Feb 2019)
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The 2010 Auditori has a super-ripe bouquet of macerated dark cherries, boysenberry and kirsch that is showing too much volatility. The palate is full-bodied, with precocious, ripe red-cherry fruit laced with white pepper and a touch of balsamic, the finish exhibiting far more composure than the aromatics. Neal Martin, vinous.com(Apr 2012)
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.
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