La Conreria d'Scala Dei ~ Black Slate Escaladei Priorat DOQ 2016

La Conreria d'Scala Dei ~ Black Slate Escaladei Priorat DOQ 2016
£21.25 / bottle£242.25 / case (12 bottles)

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Country: Spain
Grapes: Carignan
Grapes: Grenache/ Garnacha
Region: Priorat
Style: Smooth Elegant Reds
Wine Types: Red Wines
Wine Types: Vegan Wine
Drink: Now to 2023
Oaked
Cork
ABV: 14%
Organic

Tasting Notes

The story

Priorat wines have the same DOCa status as Rioja wines (DOQ being the Catalan equivalent) but are generally less well-known than Rioja; in fact they are the only two Spanish wines at this highest qualification level. The Conreria d'Scala Dei winery was founded in 1997 by a priest, a teacher and a winemaker and named after the 12th century Cartoixa d'Escaladei, a Carthusian monastery in the nearby village of Scala Dei, which translates as "Ladder to God".

The wine

This wine's name was inspired by the Burgundian concept of village nomenclature (Escaladei) and by the local "llicorella" or black slate soils for which Priorat is renowned. Offering little organic matter, this type of soil makes the vines work that much harder to find water and nutrients. Black Slate is produced organically from the two main native grapes of Priorat - Grenache 80% and Carignan 20%. The vines are old, 40 to 100 years old in this case and yields are low. The combination of old vines, poor soil and low yields make for a concentrated wine with complex aromas and flavours.

This really is an elegant wine, not always something expected from this region where wines can often be "big". The nose and palate scream bramble fruit, blackcurrant and red berries with a hint of vanilla, spice and liquorice. The slate and quartz soils add a touch of mineral complexity. There is a touch of dryness from the tannins but they are very smooth. Often Priorat wines, like Rioja, have a sweetness from the fruit flavours but in this instance they are very well balanced with fresh acidity.

Food Pairing

Recommended to drink with game, duck, goose, steak and other red meats, also with paella and other Spanish dishes

Producer's Notes

Exudes classic Priorat aromas of black cherries and bramble fruit with notes of baked slate, licorice root and wild herbs. Medium to full-bodied, fresh and focused palate with a lengthy finish

This is a really elegant Priorat, very smooth with soft tannins. Full of fruit and with just a hint of vanilla, there is fresh acidity balancing the sweetness of the fruit making this a very balanced wine.

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