DiT Cellar 2019 'Cabirol Tinto', Montsant, Spain
Montsant is a hidden gem in Spain, creating wines of high quality and big flavor. This relatively new DO (approved in 2001) forms a horseshoe around the Priorat region, taking its name from the rocky massif of Monsant. The vineyards fall in spectacularly beautiful hilly countryside, scattered between olive groves (producing excellent quality oil), forest and bare mountain peaks.
Winemaker: Dani Sánchez (from Azul y Garanza in Navarra) founded DIT Celler as the first certified organic wines of Montsant.
Farming: Organic (certified)
Variety: Garnatxa (garnacha) from organic vines that are nearly 40 years old
Terroir: The vineyards, Mas d’En Fornós and Guiamets, surround the mountains of the natural park Llaberia in Priorat. Soils here are limestone and loam over a granite and slate base at 400-600 meters - the naturally low pH of the pinyolenc soil keep the wine fresh. The local name for the soil type is “pinyolencs,” which contain small stones (they resemble olive pits – the meaning of pinyolenc) and are rich in calcium, giving acidity and freshness to the wines. The weather can get quite warm in summer time, but every summer afternoon a wind coming from the Mediterranean called “Marinada” cools down the temperature.
Vinification: Fermentation in concrete followed by 6 months aging in neutral French & American oak barrique.