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From the effervescent Albert Jané, whose indomitable enthusiasm for all things Garnacha, finds its voice in this incredible old vine bottling. Montsant is the hole in the doughnut that is Priorat and where Albert founded his first estate Acustic. From century old vines, this is one of Spain's greatest pure Garnacha. Bold and fragrant with blackberry, raspberry, wild herbs (there's lots of rosemary growing wild in the vineyards), liquorice and dark chocolate. The palate is just as intense with fleshy woodland fruits, fragrant and generous with liquorice and wild herbs infusing and adding complexity. But the thing that marks this wine out is the ripe acid that lifts and enlivens the feel, richly tannic, it lingers long in the mouth and is a brilliant accompaniment for all things grilled. Drinking range: 2020 - 2035 L&S (Feb 2020)
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Vines up to 100 years old. A powerful and evocative red with an arresting seam of freshness, finely textured tannins and herb-inflected raspberry, blackberry and rosehip fruit. Complex and invigorating. Drinking range: 2020 - 2030 Rating: 93 Decanter Magazine(Jan 2020)
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.
From Catalonia’s most interesting vineyards – a brace of Priorats and a long time favourite from Montsant, the region that almost doughnuts Priorat. Great blends of Grenache and Carignan, of a similar weight to Rioja but with less reliance of wood, some plump blackcherry fruit and touch of tertiary spice. Lovely winter warmers.
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