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2017 Terroir al Límit Priorat Históric Negre

2017 Terroir al Límit Priorat Históric Negre

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Priorat
2017
750ml
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Priorat
2017
750ml
  • THE FINER DETAILS
  • WHO MADE IT?
  • EXPERT REVIEWS
  • THE FINER DETAILS
  • The harvest is completely manual and we use boxes holding a maximum of 12 kilos to respect the fruit as much as possible. The grapes are placed whole in cement tanks and gently trodden. Then we close the vat and wait for the natural yeasts of the vineyard to do their work. We interfere as little as possible; there is no pigeage or remontage. This gives a transparent, smooth and easy-to-drink wine. We use a horizontal pneumatic press at low pressure, to allow the fruit to express its nature truly, making it a totally enjoyable wine.

    In keeping with the philosophy of the project, cement was the only possible choice for fermentation and maturation. Terroir Històric Red rests for 6 months in cement vats. The end result is a new interpretation of the Priorat terroir without the loss of its vinous roots.

  • WHO MADE IT?
  • On paper it sounds almost too good to be true; the terroir-obsessed Dominik Huber, (originally aided by South Africa's Swartland pioneer and wunderkind Eben Sadie), working with old Carignan and Grenache vines, aiming to produce wines of great finesse and purity from the steep llicorella/slate slopes of Priorat. A direct reaction against the heavy, oaky styles that still dominate the region, the wines of Terroir al Límit are as inspired by Burgundy as they are by recent tradition in their area. The vineyards are all around the village of Torroja. These sites are worked biodynamically; the cellar work is as minimalistic as possible, with low levels of sulphur being the only additions. Plenty of whole bunch and infusion rather than extraction as the maceration methods. There’s a shunning of new/small format wood, in favour of unlined concrete and 1,800-litre mature oak, and a staunch belief that even in a region famed for its big wines, restraint, precision and balance are where the expression of terroir is at. Since their initial experiments in 2001, the wines of Terroir al Límit have created a sensation which has since spread far beyond Priorat and Catalonia's borders. Despite Sadie’s involvement ceasing in 2011, Dominik Huber has taken both the viticulture and work in the cellar to even greater heights. If you haven't heard of this grower, don't fret; production is homeopathic. While critical and trade success has brought a great deal of attention (and local jealousy - in 2011 the winery was vandalized and a portion of their wines in barrel contaminated with household bleach), it has also served (to paraphrase Shakespeare) to hold the mirror up to Priorat winegrowers. Indeed, Terroir al Límit promotes a set of ideals and practices that have already influenced many of the more mature cellars within Priorat itself. Not often do we find ourselves tasting at a truly game-changing address, especially so in Spain. Yet these are wines to make the hairs on the back of your neck stand on end. They are quite unlike anything we have seen from Priorat previously, and they are all the better for it.

  • EXPERT REVIEWS
  • 90 POINTS

    LUIS GUTIERREZ - WINE ADVOCATE


    The generic red 2017 Negre is a blend of Garnacha and Cariñena from different vineyards around Capçanes. It fermented with full clusters in stainless steel, where it was kept until bottling. It's a fruit-driven, light, refreshing Mediterranean blend with notes of licorice and wild berries. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannins and a soft, caressing texture. I tasted the wine that was going to be bottled (in March 2018).

    JULIA HARDING MW - JANCISROBINSON.COM


    Their new label, a 'social project' buying grapes from seven villages to show that they can get better prices for them if they work in a particular way. 75% Grenache, 25% Cariñena. Whole bunch, fermented and aged in concrete. Light cherry red. Smoky/reductive and peppery. Deliciously chewy but rounded texture and lots of fresh red fruit. Chewy chalky texture and scented on the palate. So moreish, dry but juicy and finishes with sweet fruit. 16.5/20 Points.