2017 PERINET MERIT
Merit is an expression of Licorella, the Priorat soil in the glass. A blend from Syrah and Garnatxa which brings the floral notes and Carinyena and Merlot to add complexity and earthiness to the wine.
The grapes are handpicked relatively early, the first of them reaching peak fruitiness in the warm days of summer. All batches are cold-soaked for 5 days before beginning their fermentation in stainless steel tanks. The carbonic maceration technique on the berries is used for 20 days to achieve optimum flavour and gentle tannin extraction. The wine is aged for more than one year in stainless steel tanks to build a rounded mouthfeel from the lees. The intent is to express fruitiness with no influence of oak, showcasing the aromas of the iron and minerality of the soil. This wine is unfined and unfiltered to preserve the array of aromas.
The Merlot and Syrah for this wine come from Perinet’s estate vineyard Mas Vell, which is planted south of the winery with full sun exposure maximizing potential ripeness for the grapes. Mas Vell sits at a higher elevation which allows for open canopy exposure and cooling winds to retain acidity in the grapes. The Garnatxa and Carinyena come from the Mas del Xes estate vineyard which is planted behind the winery and forms a natural amphitheatre near the base of the Montsant massif range. The extreme climate conditions of 2017 resulted in a slightly fresher vintage that expresses the terroir, unlike in previous years.
Robe garnet with touches of red geranium and mashed raspberries on the rim. On the nose beautiful explosion of macerated strawberries with tulips, red currant, wild herbs, thyme and crushed metamorphic rocks. on the mouth light, crisp and fresh entrance evolving into a silky mid-palate with touches of dark cherries. Crispy minerality, lingering acidity and touches of dense tannins with balsamic notes and liquorice.
Appellation: DOQ Priorat
Production: 1,891 cases | 22,700 bottles
Alc. Vol.: 16 %
Presentation: 75 cl · 150 cl