A joyous unbridled explosion of blackberry, raspberry, black cherry, spice, wild herbs, dark chocolate and a floral flourish. The palate continues on this theme with rich juicy berry fruits, violets, herbs and fresh grated spice, all wrapped by silky tannins and lifted by a gorgeous succulent acidity, a brilliant wine. Drinking range: 2016 - 2036 L&S (May 2016)
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2013 Auditori Vinyes Velles Magiques makes every elite Southern Rhône red beg for mercy. Wow. Matthew Jukes www.matthewjukes.com (Oct 2016)
All Grenache. Very rich and structured. Ambitious. But still very young. Very savoury. Drinking range: 2017 - 2025 Rating: 16.5 Jancis Robinson MW OBE - www.JancisRobinson.com (Sep 2016)
I was waiting for the 2013 Auditori to be bottled (April 2015), and it was worth the wait. This impressive Garnacha from old vines in three separate plots on clay, sand, boulders and slate soils, matured for some 13 months exclusively in used, low-toast oak barrels to respect the wine. It has a very expressive nose mixing aromas of menthol, black olives and mineral, peat-like sensations with superb fruit aromas that have no traces of oak, even at this very early stage. The palate is medium to full-bodied with great acidity and fine tannins, and offers superb intensity. This is a powerful Garnacha, dark-colored, almost opaque and while it feels dense the palate is agile. It is very good now, and with the balance and stuffing it has it should develop nicely in bottle. It ends very tasty. Reading the technical data, I was amazed at the pH, 3.25. No wonder it feels fresh... Drinking range: 2016 - 2023 Rating: 94 Luis Gutierrez, www.robertparker.com (Jun 2015)
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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