Priorat Pinord Mas Blanc ‘+7’ 2016
Grape: 50% Garnacha, 30% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Syrah
Suitable for Vegans: Yes
Suitable for Vegetarians: Yes
Food pairing: The Syrah spice of this Priorat makes it an ideal accompaniment to steak with lashings of black pepper, alternatively you could cellar this for a few years and then crack it out alongside some aged Manchego.
In the heart of the Priorat appellation, between the villages of Bellmunt and Falset, is Pinord’s Mas Blanc estate. Their 18 hectares of vineyard have been farmed organically from the beginning and recently the family have adopted many biodynamic farming techniques. They believe by attempting to maintain a balance with the land they will be leaving it a better place for future generations.
The grapes are sourced from seven different plots of vineyard, where the soils are made up of a slate known locally as ‘licorella’. These unique soils are known for their heat retention properties, which encourages the vines to reach maturity. The vines are cultivated organically and harvested by hand.
Following a meticulous selection process, the grapes undergo a careful maceration, extracting the primary aromas, flavours and the depth of colour in the resulting wine. This young wine is then aged for 14 months in American and French oak barrels, imparting complexity and rounding out the tannins. This is then followed by a further 12 months in bottle resulting in a smooth, complex and expertly balanced wine.
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