2019 Les Mines
Forty miles southwest of Barcelona, the Priorat region is an arid, remote and rugged province that derives its name from ancient priories in which ascetic Spanish monks over the centuries secluded themselves from the world outside. The area is best known today for its production of truly awe-inspiring reds, with Genache and Carignan as the bedrock of Priorat wines. Gran Clos epitomizes the winemaking revolution that has seized hold of the Priorat in the past 15 years and propelled it into the spotlight. Founded in 1995, this 75 acre property was purchased in 2002 by John Hunt, an international entrepreneur and owner of Oriel Wines. Winemaking is under the supervision of the talented young winemaker Joseph Angel Mestre.
From vines aged between 22 to 60 years in the iconic Font de la Pallissa vineyard. Pre-fermentation maceration lasts for 3-4 days, followed by alcoholic fermentation and pressing before finishing the fermentation over the next 10 and 15 days. Barrel aging occurs in French oak barrels for 9 months. The final blend is 60% Grenache, 23% Carignan, and 17% Syrah.
Violet and inky with perfumed and fresh aromas of mature red fruits, a hint of mint, coffee, herbs and minerality. A silky textured wine which has structure and elegance. Mature fruit flavors with notes of coffee, mint, spice and minerality on the palate. Full-bodied, seductive, and well-balanced. Perfect for dishes with bold flavors and spice.