Grans Muralles, DO Conca de Barberà — 2018
The Grans Muralles vineyard is planted at the foot of the Cistercian Wall that protected the Poblet Monastery during the Mercenary Wars. Vine fruit has been cultivated on the site since the 13th century. The current vineyard was replanted 20 years ago, resurrecting rare varieties thought to be nearly extinct. Hallmark characters of the lesser-known Querol and Garró grapes provoke rustic layers of bay leaf, balsamic, and cracked black peppercorn.
- DO Conca de Barberà
- Appellation: DO Conca de Barberà
- Soil: Deep rocky soils with layered deposits of Paleozoic slate and granite gravel beds. Swift drainage and low water holding capacity. The mineral-rich soils and limited water supply contribute to the production of wines that display great typicity, concentration and exceptional quality.
Generally speaking, 2018 was a very rainy year, especially during the growing season, with torrential rains in mid-October once the harvest had already concluded. Cooler temperatures during the growing season, and a warmer drier summer, resulted in good fruit maturation.
- Fermentation: In small temperature controlled stainless steel tanks, under low temperature for slow extraction
- Maceration: 12-18 days maceration
- Barrel Aging: In new French oak (Tronçais thin grain, 65% new) for 18 months
- Varietal Composition: Garnacha, Cariñena, Querol, Monastrell and Garró
- Alcohol: 14.5 % vol.
- TA: 5.8 g/L (tartaric a)
- p H: 3.35
- RS: 0.6 g/L
Grans Muralles, DO Conca de Barberà — 2018 – James Suckling
“Juicy and refined with lots of finesse here. Complex aromas of berries, chili chocolate, plums, flowers and mineral, with some cigar box and truffle. Medium to full body, but ethereal and elegant with streamlined concentration. Sleek, silky, precise and very long."