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RAR Essència Red 2018
Vins Singular
Region: Priorat
Country:Spain
Awards

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Tasting Notes

A bright, flavourful and stylish Priorat that shows abundant ripe red fruits and minerality. The palate is full and vibrant with more freshness than others in the category. Tannins are moderate and well integrated.
Varieties

80% Garnacha, 15% Cariñena, 5% Syrah. A typically modern Priorat blend that adds in Syrah for colour and structure.
Region

This tiny region in Catalonia has a long and storied wine history, dating to the 12th century when the Carthusian monks established its worth. However, it remained a rather unknown treasure outside of Spain until the region rocketed onto the international wine scene in the 1990s. Priorat’s propensity to make intense, full and flavourful reds coincided nicely with the world’s wine tastes at that time. But the region offers much more than weight and fruit. It is blessed with an abundance of very old Garnacha and Carignan vines planted in unique, very poor slate soil known as Llicorella. These soils give Priorat its trademark minerality and freshness not often found in wines with such power and concentration. It is also the only region in Spain aside from Rioja to enjoy Denominación de Origin Calificada status, the country’s top regional designation.
Vineyard

30-90 year-old grapes are sourced from a vineyard planted at 500 meters above sea level, in the classic Llicorella soils found throughout the region.
Winemaking

Hand-harvested and fermented via indigenous yeasts. The long, slow ferment is followed by a brief, 4 months aging in new and used French oak barrels. A fresh and fruity example from Priorat that offers tremendous value and flexibility.

Wine Type: Red Wine

Variety: Garnacha, Carinena, Syrah

Classification: DOCa

Orientation: n/a

Appellation: n/a

Gradient: 500-700 masl

Soil: Slate and quartz “Licorella”

Farming Practices: Organic practices

Vinification: The must undergoes 11 days maceration withthe skins, followed by malolactic fermentation and four months aging in French oak barrels, to round and soften the wine without masking thebright fruit

Residual Sugar: n/a

Alcohol: 14

Malolactic: Yes

Botte Size: 750 ml

Acidity: n/a

Other Practices: Sustainable