2018 PERINET MERIT
Merit is our introduction to the Priorat, a craft blend that showcases the typicity of the region, and the varietals and vineyards of our estate. In Merit, Syrah and Garnatxa bring floral notes, and Carinyena and Merlot add complexity and earthiness to the wine. The blend changes slightly vintage to vintage to bring you a true terroir expression of the minerality llicorella driven soils into your glass.
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 2 days before beginning their fermentation in stainless steel tanks. The maceration technique on the berries is used for two weeks up to twenty days to achieve the optimum flavor and gentle tannin extraction. The Syrah and Merlot are aged for more than one year in stainless steel tanks to build a rounded mouthfeel from the lees. Merit is the intent is to express fruitiness with minimum 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 amphitheater near the base of the Montsant massif range. The climate conditions of 2018 resulted in an unusual Atlantic character vintage that expresses the terroir in a subtle way due to a temperate year, over average, producing smoother wines.
Ruby garnet with touches of Picota red cherry and mashed raspberries on the rim. On the nose, you’ll find a beautiful explosion of strawberries and violets, wild herbs, mint and sandalwood, and crushed metamorphic rocks. On the mouth is crisp and fruity, silky mid-palate with touches of wild berries. Appealing minerality, lingering acidity, and touches of dense tannins with balsamic notes and licorice.
Appellation: DOQ Priorat
Production: 1,691 cases | 20,300 bottles
Alc. Vol.: 14.5 %
Presentation: 75 cl · 150 cl
10% Cabernet Sauvignon