Costers del Priorat 2019 Pissares, Priorat, Spain
Pissarres is derived from the word “pizarra” which is “slate” in Spanish.
Winemaker: Jose Mas Barberà
Farming: Organic. Animal traction is used to work the soil on the steep terraces and chemicals are never used, only natural organic and biodynamic treatments are utilized, the winery is practicing organic.
Varieties: 65% Samsó (Carignan) and 35% Garnacha (Grenache)
Soil / Terroir: Vineyards in Mas Alsera in Torroja del Priorat (500m) and Sant Martí in Bellmunt (350m), planted in 1950 and 1979 on red llicorella (decomposed slate), using the traditional bush vine pruning technique
Vinification: After a manual harvest, the wine is fermented with indigenous yeasts in stainless steel tanks of 3,000 and 5,000L, and a small part in cement vats. The different varieties in the blend are vinified separately to allow each to express itself fully. The aging is carried out for 12 months in French oak barrels of 225 and 500L. Part of the barrels are new, and some are two years old. The malolactic fermentation occurs spontaneously within the barrels.
Tasting Notes: Powerful and warming, this is a classically bold and concentrated Priorat wine. Rich aromas of dried red figs, ripe black plums, licorice, Mediterranean thyme and notes of crushed slate, this wine finishes with firm tannins. Drinking well now, but it will benefit from a bit of decanting or aging, and will pair beautifully with red meats and hearty stewed dishes.