The Priorat region was marked by heavy drought and heat. Following an autumn and winter with normal temperatures and rainfall, spring began with an abnormal drought and high temperatures. Flowering was successful, occurring before the expected date, but the rains didn’t come. During the summer the high temperatures continued, and the lack of rainfall resulted in the earliest harvest in history. In general, the wines of this vintage are noted for their concentration, being less pronounced in wines produced with local varieties such as Grenache or Cariñena. Perfect for enjoying young, and with a medium aging capacity.
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.
Cherry red with violet hues, high layer. Clean and bright. Nose
Intensely aromatic. Presence of ripe red fruit with floral notes, herbaceous and toasted flavours. Markedly mineral and balsamic background. Taste
Powerful and fleshy entry. Round and warm with fruity sensations and mineral notes. Very good acidity and ripe tannins. Long finish with fruity aftertaste.
Dark picota cherry colour with violet reflections. High robe and very covered, with abundant dense, sturdy and slow-falling tears shown on the glass. Nose
This vintage is intensely aromatic with a fragrant, clean, direct and elegant nose. Lots of ripe red and black fruit, floral aromas, aromatic herbs, spices and toasted touches. Powerful mineral and refreshing balsamic overtones. Taste
Intense and powerful attack, with a warming, enveloping movement in the mouth leaving fruity and alcohol-rich sensations. Structured, with lots of body and intense, direct tannins. Excellent acidity that refreshes the set. Long finish and very persistent. Fruity aftertaste, with toasted notes and alcohol rich sensations at retro-olfacion.
Dark picota cherry colour with violet reflections. High robe and very covered. Abundant dense, slow-falling tears show on the glass. Nose
This vintage is intensely aromatic with a fragrant, clean, direct and elegant nose. Lots of ripe red and black fruit, floral aromas, aromatic herbs, spicy and toasted notes. Powerful mineraly overtones and refreshing balsamic notes in the background. Taste
Intense and powerful attack. Warm and enwrapping on the palate, leaving fruity and alcohol sensations. Structured, with body and intense, direct tannins. Excellent acidity refreshing the set. Long and very persistent finish. Fruity aftertaste, with toasted and alcohol notes felt at retro-olfaction.
A pretty, very ripe picota cherry colour with a violet rim. High robe and very covered, with abundant tears showing on the glass. Nose
A clean, direct, elegant, highly intense and very fragrant nose, a lot more fruity than the previous vintage. Ripe red and black fruit, intense floral aromas, violets lavander, aromatic herbs, spices and balsamic and toasted notes. Powerful mineral background. Taste
Intense and powerful attack. Very well defined, warming and enwrapping on the palate, leaving sweet and toasted sensations. Structured, with intense tannins and an excellent acidity. Very long and persistent finish, with a bitter touch, leaving balsamic nuances of liqueur-soaked fruit.
The tasting repport of this wine is being translated. Meanwhile, you can check the Spanish version.