2014 Vinyes Velles Nobles Acústic Celler
60-90 year old vines 80% Carignan, 20% Garnacha 7-15 hectolitres per hectare Dense with graphite, black fruit, herbs, Earth, meat & liquorice. Dense with rich tannins, concentrated black fruit, oak complexing, spice, fleshy, mineral bright floral & long. L&S (May 2017)
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Cariñena and Garnacha. Very bright crimson. Rich and fresh. A little less flattering than the Vinyes Velles Nobles. Drinking range: 2019 - 2024 Rating: 16+ Jancis Robinson MW OBE - www.JancisRobinson.com (Oct 2017)
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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