Perinet 2016 'Merit', Priorat, Spain
Winemaker: Toni Sanchez
Grape Varieties: 35% Merlot, 30% Syrah, 19% Garnatxa, 16% Carinyena
Terroir: Licorella soils. Merlot and Syrah for this wine come from Perinet’s estate vineyard Mas Vell, which is planted south of the winery with full sun exposure maximizing potential ripeness for the grapes. Mas Vell sits at a higher elevation which allows for open canopy exposure and cooling winds to retain acidity in the grapes. The Garnatxa and Carinyena come from the Mas d’en Xes estate vineyard which is planted behind the winery and forms a natural amphitheatre near the base of the Montsant mountain range.
Vinification: Handpicked. All lots are cold-soaked for 5 days before beginning their fermentation in stainless steel tanks. The Carbonic maceration technique is used for 20 days to reach optimum flavour and soft tannin extraction. 100% Stainless steel fermentation. Aged for 12 months, on lees in stainless steel tanks. This wine is unfined and unfiltered.