June 2015 Selection

Priorat, north and south

June 2015 Selection

GR-174 Casa Gran del Siurana 2014 (2 bottles)
Gotes del Priorat 2013 (2 bottles)
Maius Clàssic 2011 (2 bottles)

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If we asked you to name some of the towns that belong to the denomination of the Priorat, it's more than likely you'd come up with Gratallops to be sure, Porrera, Torroja del Priorat, and perhaps Escaladei due to its historical significance. The four all fall within the central part of the region and it's definitely where the majority of the better known wines come from.

This month we're inviting you to broaden your Priorat horizons. With June's selection you'll get to know two wines from the south of the denomination and one from the north, three very reasonably priced Priorats too, very easy to drink, most appealing and distinctive, each with its own singularity: to the south of the denomination, at Bellmunt del Priorat and the work of the Castillo Perelada team, a very lively young red, GR-174 2014, from Casa Gran del Siurana; originating from slopes set in the triangle formed by the towns of Bellmunt, El Molar and El Lloar, also to the south,Gotes del Priorat 2013, a fresh red coming in a fresh vintage, meticulously crafted by Alfredo Arribas and his team, headed up by the expert Joan Asens; and finally, a delicious classic, the sort which will please any palate and pair up with almost everything, Maius Clàssic 2011, from the denomination's northern area, La Morera de Montsant. Come along and join us!

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GR-174 Casa Gran del Siurana 2014 (2 bottles)

Young red Crianza. Casa Gran del Siurana Priorat, Spain Grenache, Carignan, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah

Bottle: £7.82 club members / £8.94 non-members

The GR-174 is a "Gran Recorrido" path, belonging to a network of long-distance footpaths, and one which runs through the Priorat from the mountain pass called Coll de la Teixeta, near Porrera, as far as Albarca, a village located in the most easterly part of the Sierra de Montsant. On the bottle label you'll find a small map showing it - a 72-km path which showcases this region's precipitous and mountainous landscape, bordered with woodlands, vineyards and olive groves. It makes visiting its singular towns possible — places steeped in wine-making history, medieval in character, with stone houses amid lofty streets — and looking round the Sierra de Montsant Natural Park to admire its exceptional sights and even visiting the ruins of the Cartuja de Escaladei, the ancient Carthusian Monastery. It's not a difficult path, as accessible and easy to enjoy as this wine named after it.

GR-174 is a very easily drinkable wine, open and remarkably lively! It's fundamentally a young wine, made primarily from Garnacha (40%) and Cariñena (20%), aged only partially in oak and just for a few months, and that's how our senses discern it: abounding with primary aromas and flavours, with plenty of fresh crisp fruit, without too much extraction yet not lacking body or powerfulness either, but it's unusual to come across a light-bodied wine in this denomination!

GR-174 appears a very vivacious colour in the glass, a bright ruby colour, and although it has sufficient acidity to evolve over several years, it's already superb now, very likeable and with a velvety texture. On the nose, it offers floral notes and above all plenty of ripe fruit, with a very refreshing menthol touch, and lots of volume; it's very juicy, oily, with a lovely sweetness emanating from that ripe fruit, profound and intense. So then, a wonderful walk through the countryside we mentioned earlier: dusty tracks lined with cistus bushes, thyme, lavender... their scent perfuming our path in the warm, dry, daytime air, yet cool at night. When the last drop has gone, you'll be left feeling that you've been out in the vineyard picking the grapes. Delicious fruit and a stunning landscape. Two experiences we advise you not to miss out on, fantastic at any time of the year.

Rice dishes / red meats / fish paella / oven-cooked meats / tapas / black rice / sausages

  • Alcohol content: 15,0%
  • Optimum serving temperature: Between 16ºC and 17ºC
  • Drink now or keep until 2018.

GR-174 Casa Gran del Siurana 2014
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Gotes del Priorat 2013 (2 bottles)

Young red Crianza. Portal del Priorat Priorat, Spain Carignan, Grenache

Bottle: £11.03 club members / £12.53 non-members

Gotes was the last to be incorporated into the Portal del Priorat's wine family, the Alfredo Arribas project in this denomination, and was envisioned to highlight the freshness of Priorat wines; gotes (drops) of freshness, like dewdrops. The freshness of wines from the Priorat may surprise many because the region is located in a dry climate, with very low rainfall, but the singularity of the soils in this area, its steeply mountainous geography and the stiff breeze which blows up from the sea towards the foothills of the Sierra de Montsant along the River Siurana makes it possible. In addition, there's the north and north-westerly orientation of some vineyards, such as the ones that give rise to this wine, the presence of vegetation and woodlands surrounding the estates, and an early grape harvest, at a medium point of ripeness, which is also the case for this refined Gotes del Priorat.

Don't expect to find in Gotes the more usual Priorat typicity, with profound maturity and intense minerality. Gotes reflects another type of Priorat wine, refined, in the French style (we mean 'French' as in Burgundy), with a fresh and floral profile. The typicity of Gotes is rooted in the countryside, in its notes of aromatic plants, and in that delightful warmth, because although fresh it is Mediterranean. Another special feature of Gotes is the polish and attention to detail it emits; it's an elegant wine; it has clearly been crafted by experts.

If Gotes is refined on the nose, it's positively explosive on the palate! It grows and grows, with lots of volume and a very seductive sweetness and velvety texture. Gotes is fruit, but a very varied fruit cocktail: red fruits, black fruits, both fresh and jammy, the odd juicy stone fruit like mango (the Garnacha always leaves its mark) and fresh grapes that provide a citrusy touch. Drops of freshness... morning freshness with hints of nightfall.

Meat rice dishes / duck a l'orange / roast chicken / roast suckling pig / to enjoy on its own / kid goat

  • Alcohol content: 14,0%
  • Optimum serving temperature: Between 16ºC and 18ºC
  • Drink now or keep until 2020.

Gotes del Priorat 2013
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Maius Clàssic 2011 (2 bottles)

Red Crianza. Maius Viticultors Priorat, Spain Carignan, Grenache, Cabernet Sauvignon

Bottle: £11.11 club members / £13.39 non-members

Maius is the principal wine of this bodega which is situated in the most northerly part of the denomination, in the locality of Morera de Montsant. Maius, the shortened version, although it's known by everyone as Maius Clàssic, an adjective that may not appear on the label yet is evident in the wine itself, its classic style.

Maius is a classic wine in the widest sense of the word, and the type of wine we can serve at any time knowing full well that it won't disappoint because it is quality, the sort that in its simplicity —and by simplicity here we mean authenticity, honesty, with no set purpose or objective, without pretensions— thrills us, a wine with no hidden surprises, that's very good, and feels even comfortably familiar too. All in all, the sort of wine we can trust, that will pair up with almost everything, especially with traditional cuisine, from rice dishes to rich cannelloni, including stews, roasts, grilled meats with garlic mayonnaise, and the typically Catalan bread with tomato and ham or large spring onions with roasted red pepper sauce. Fabulous!

In Maius we find all those tertiary notes that so clearly define a classic, hints of leather and oily touches such as of cured cheese, wafts of recently-cut bread and tobacco whiffs. Yet there are also primary ones, for both on the nose and the palate the fruit's ripeness and juiciness are there to enjoy, neither sweet nor bitter but very well-balanced and complemented by the landscape: aromas of earth and dry firewood. Maius may not have the elegance of the very refined Priorats nor the rusticity of others, but it's most definitely a classic-style Priorat: mature, juicy, profound, robust, mineral, made well and extremely good; it leaves a wonderful flavour in the mouth with an earthy aftertaste and light traces of sun-dried grapes. A wine to always have at home, ready to share with friends and family.

Rice dishes / lamb / game stews / traditional cuisine / turkey / duck with red fruits / chicken with raisins and plums / cannelloni / lasagne / veal with mushrooms / chocolate / pa amb tomàquet

  • Alcohol content: 14,5%
  • Optimum serving temperature: Between 15ºC and 17ºC
  • Drink now or keep until 2020.

Maius Clàssic 2011
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