2017 VINYA MAS DEL XES GARNATXA
Mas del Xes is located near the village of Poboleda 15 miles from the Mediterranean Sea and planted on Priorat’s famous Llicorella soil. This vineyard site experiences an extreme shift in weather from day to night. Hot and arid days are followed by cooler temperatures at night due to its location to the sea and elevation of approximately 1,200 feet. Garntaxa grapes from Mas del Xes contributes a hint of floral notes while displaying a high acidity in the wine.
First sorting was done in the field, leaving any unsuitable fruit in the vineyard. The grapes were then further sorted by hand. All lots were cold-soaked for 2-3 days before beginning their slow fermentation in open-topped barrels and tanks. Gentle punch downs were performed several times daily in both tank and 600L puncheon barrels; macerations lasted a long period, more than 30 days for an optimum flavour and tannin extraction. The free-run wine was racked and the skins and stems were gently pressed, being returned to their original maceration barrels for ageing. New and 1-year old French oak barrels were used for 18 months to host the wine before bottling, without fining or filtration. This wine is rare and unique, mature and singular in expression, an authentic Garnatxa from the Priorat.
Mas del Xes vineyard encompasses the largest planted vineyard at Perinet, around 26 acres, which are composed of 60% north-facing slopes (Syrah) and 40% northeast-facing (Garnatxa and Carinyena). Garnatxa and Cariynena vines are planted in a simulated amphitheatre rising to a height of 1,312 feet which offers an exceptional view of Montsant. Planting took place in 2000 and 2001. Hand harvesting is done over an extended period due to the difference in ripeness between the varietals and exposures.
Deep ruby with purple shines. On the nose,wildflowers. Minty notes with spicy and elegant floral hints. Backnose of black pepper, tobacco leaves and earthiness. Engaging. On the palate, freshness and salinity entrance. Bright red fruits fulfil the midpalate with spicy and Mediterranean forest wildflowers. Tannins are engaging and add volume and finesse.
Appellation: DOQ Priorat
Production: 150 cases
Presentation: 75 cl
Ageing: 18 months in 80% new French oak. 600 l barrel
Vineyard: Mas del Xes
Exposure: North West
Alc. Vol.: 16 %