Costers Del Priorat Pissarres 2019, Priorat, Spain

‘Costers’ are the essence of the Priorat. Old vineyards planted on very steep hills of crumbled slate. Dizzying slopes, testimony of farming practised for centuries by our townspeople, authentic heroes of traditional winemaking. “Today, we cultivate precious vineyard sestates in eight ‘viles,’ or towns, in Priorat. With its white and red grapes, we create a complete family of wines that represent a rich mosaic of microclimates and orientations.” Varietes: 60% Garnacha Tinta and 40% Samsó (Carignan or Mazuelo). Density of plants: From 3,000 to 3,500 vines per hectare. Winemaking: The wine is made in stainless steel tanks of 3,000 and 5,000 litres, and a small part in cement vats. The varieties are vinified separately to get the maximum expression of each grape. The aging is carried out for
12 months in French oak barrels of 225 and 500 litres. Part of the barrels are new, some are two years old. The malolactic fermentation occurs spontaneously within the barrels. Tasting notes: This wine concentrates the world of colors and aromatic sensations that we find whenwalking along any path in Priorat. Pissarres is the true mirror of our region. Dark red, depth, the energy and wisdom of the selected ‘costers’. The palate is complex.It has ripe fruit, memories of the Mediterra nean brushwood and a sharp, cold note which is the characteristic mark of the llico rella slate soils’ extreme minerality.