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Characteristics of Scala Dei Prior
Scala Dei Prior is a red wine from Priorat produced by the Scala Dei winery. It is a blend of Grenache (55%), Samso (20%), Cabernet Sauvignon (15%) and Syrah (10%) varieties.
The grapes used for Scala Dei Prior come from different carefully selected small plots. The vines are planted on "costers", a Catalan name by which the outstanding characteristics of Priorat are known.
The soils on which strains grow are slate, called "licorella" in the area. The grapes, before passing through a cold maceration, pass through a stripping. The juice of Scala Dei Prior then undergoes a controlled fermentation.
Scala Dei Prior is finally aged for twelve months in new and one year French oak barrels -80% of them-and American- the remaning 20%.
Before going to market, Scala Dei Prior then rests for at least four months in the bottle. Scala Dei is a historic winery located at the foot of the Sierra del Montsant whose building was already chosen in the twelfth century by Carthusian monks from the Provence to build a monastery. It was these same monks who began to cultivate the vine and the land, it then became the first winery in the Priorat.
Serve at 16ºC
We recommend decanting before consumption
Roasted lamb, Chocolate, Grilled red meats, Cold meat, Iberian ham, Game birds
We present the new 2016 vintage, characterised by the wettest winterin the last five years. Not only did it rain in winter, but there was also wet weather up until summer arrived, especially inMarch and April. In summer everything changed, and it was one of the driest inhistory, with only 28 litres being recorded between July and October.If we compare the temperatures in 2012 and 2016, the 2016 crophad to endure a much colder winter than in 2012, which turned outto be positive, since the frost cleared the fields ofvine parasites. During the spring, lower temperaturesthan in 2012 were also recorded.Due to all these climatic conditions there was a delay insprouting, which began on March 28th, and which led to a delayin flowering of between three and four weeks.Once the summer arrived, the Priorat got all the luck, sincethe rains disappeared, while in the rest of Europethey were incessant. It was something that nobody expected considering thewinter we’d had. Taking into account the delay insprouting, the harvest started around mid-October on some ofthe estates.Obtaining fresh wines with an extraordinary acidity is dueto this long duration of the grape in the strain that has so characterisedthis vintage.
The vintage began in autumn in the best possible way, with good rainfalls that would fill the water reserves for optimal growth development. Winter was characterised by low temperatures and even snow covered some areas of Priorat. March started wet and cold, which delayed the budding of the vines. In mid-May, flowering was encouraged and was followed by a somewhat unstable June with several rainfalls.
A year with a very good balance. This vintage was characterised by the absence of water stress for the plants. Winter and spring were favourable in terms of rainfall and temperatures were slightly higher than usual. At the time of budding, there was no rain, so the vines developed in a suitable manner. The flowering took place in a clean way and the Grenache vines settled in an excellent way. Summer was characterised by cool and dry days, but also humid, which led to good photosynthesis and growth of the plants. During the end of the summer, before the harvest, there was still some humidity, which preserved the freshness of the soil and, consequently, achieving a gradual ripening of the grapes, perfect to retain the aromas and the good acidity. The negative factor was the rain during the harvest days. In short, the vintage has been somewhat atypical for Priorat, with wines that are less voluminous than in a normal year in the area, but with a good acidity that is reflected in the wines and that will keep them optimal for many years.
SightAttractive ruby colour with garnet and violet tones. Intense high layer.NoseExpressive and fine. Intense notes of red fruit with hints of violets and spicy aromas of pepper and notes of the forest.TasteStructured and full bodied. Fruity, fine tannins and perfect acidity. Mineral and slightly spicy, has a long, dry finish.
SightPretty ruby colour, very intense high robe with garnet and violet tones.NoseOn the nose it is very expressive and elegant. Intense. Red fruits, violets, some spices like pepper, notes of vanilla, forest.TasteScala Dei Prior is a red wine with body and a good structure. On the palate it is full of flavour. Very fruity with mature tannins and elegant with marvellous acidity. Mineral notes from the slates from the growth. Very harmonious. Long and dry finish with spicy notes on the retronasal breathing
SightRuby red colour with violet nuances in the edges. High robe. Clean and bright.NoseClean nasal aromas with a medium-high aromatic intensity. The notes of red and black fruit stand out. Some spicy and toasted notes provided during its ageing in barrels are also noticed on a quite mineral background.TasteA full-bodied and very well structured red wine with a tasty and silky mid palate. It shows a good load of fruit. Very balanced wine with ripe and refined tannins, perfectly complemented with an excellent acidity. Very harmonious. Long and persistent finish.
SightRuby red colour with violet nuances in the edges. High robe. Clean and bright.NoseClean nasal aromas with a medium-high aromatic intensity. The notes of red and black fruit stand out. Some spicy and toasted notes provided during its ageing in barrels are also noticed on a quite mineral background.TasteA well-bodied and very well structured red wine with a tasty and silky mid palate. It shows a good load of fruit. Very balance wine with ripe and refined tannins, perfectly complemented with an excellent acidity. Very harmonious. Long and persistent finish.
SightRuby red colour with maroon edges and violet reflections. Clean and bright wine.NoseWine with a high aromatic intensity, which shows outstanding notes of red and black fruit and floral hints reminiscent of violets. Some spicy and toasted aromas provided during the ageing in barrels are also noticed along with a marked minerality.TasteIt is a well-bodied and very well structured red wine with a tasty, fruity and silky palate. Very balanced wine in which its ripe and elegant tannins are perfectly balanced with its great acidity. Very smooth and round wine with a sweet and persistent finish.
Priorat is craftsmanship and tradition, old and robust vines that are grown and born deep inside the province of Tarragona. They are grown on slopes that are sleety with low fertility and difficult to grow in. In Priorat they produce great red wines of an excellent quality, a maroon colour, robust, dense and rich flavour, intense aromas and sometimes there are reflections present of minerals from the soils.
Red wine Barrel. 16 months in French, Allier oak barrels. Volume: 75 cl. Winery: Bodegas Mas Alta. Production area: D.O.Q. Priorat. Grapes used in this wine: Cabernet Sauvignon and Cariñena and Garnacha Tinta.
Red wine Reserva Organic. 14 months in oak barrels. Volume: 75 cl. Winery: Gratavinum. Production area: D.O.Q. Priorat. Grapes used in this wine: Cabernet Sauvignon and Garnacha Tinta and Syrah and Cariñena.
Red wine Barrel Non certified organic. 12 months in French oak barrels. Volume: 75 cl. Winery: Alfredo Arribas - Portal del Priorat. Production area: D.O.Q. Priorat. Grapes used in this wine: Cabernet Sauvignon and Garnacha Tinta and Syrah and Cariñena.
Red wine Reserva Organic. 12 months in oak barrels. Volume: 75 cl. Winery: Clos Galena - Domini de la Cartoixa. Production area: D.O.Q. Priorat. Grapes used in this wine: Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot and Garnacha Tinta and Cariñena.
Red wine Barrel Non certified organic. 15 months in French, Allier oak barrels. Volume: 75 cl. Winery: Mas la Mola. Production area: D.O.Q. Priorat. Grapes used in this wine: Garnacha Tinta and Garnacha Peluda.
Scala Dei is the oldest winery of Priorat. It was established by the Carthusian monks in 1163, and until this day it still preserves the same spirit for handcrafted work. The wines of Scala Dei capture the essence of the rough landscape, the intense climate and the old vines. The result is wines with an authentic expression of the “terroir”. The entrance of the group Codorníu Raventós in the company in the middle of 2000, has allowed them to expand and modernize the facilities, and turn the business objective towards the consolidation of red wines. This has led specialized press and competitions to praise them and acknowledge them in recent years.