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Terroir Sense Fronteres Negre Montsant 2018 (13% ABV) 750ml

Terroir Sense Fronteres Negre Montsant 2018 (13% ABV) 750ml

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The 2018 Negre is a blend of organic Garnacha and 25% Cariñena from different vineyards around the village of Capçanes, near the winery. Serra de Montsant, Catalunya. It definitely feels fresher and more ethereal than the 2017 and is very much in line with the wines I tasted from Priorat; it has great purity and elegance and was bottled without any contact with oak. There are cherries, spices and herbs and a touch of licorice, and the palate is medium-bodied, with very fine tannins. Delicious. The wine was fermented whole cluster with ambient yeast, saw 10 days of skin contact, and was briefly matured in steel tanks for six months. 15,000 bottles produced.

  • Grenache-focused project aimed at maximizing the Montsant’s potential for fresh, elegant, lower-alcohol Mediterranean wines. 
  • All vineyards are farmed organically (certified or practicing) on a variety of calcareous and clay terroirs in the valleys and mountains of DO Montsant; grapes are fermented whole cluster with native yeasts, and raised in stainless steel, concrete, or amphora (no oak).
  • Terroir Sense Fronteres is the new Montsant project from Dominik Huber, founder of trailblazing Priorat winery Terroir Al Límit.

It turned out that just behind them, high up in the Serra de Montsant mountain range, which rises above Scala Dei (the Carthusian monastery founded in the 12th century by monks from Provence, marking the origin of Priorat as we know it), some of the region’s finest Grenache grows on calcareous and clay terroirs at altitudes upwards of 800 meters. In the highest parts of this northernmost zone of Priorat, there is no llicorella. Terroir al Límit’s top wine, Les Manyes, comes from this rugged stretch of mountain: pure Grenache from a single vineyard on red clay and gypsum at 800 meters altitude, farmed biodynamically, harvested for freshness, and vinified with stems. Les Manyes is an ethereal mountain wine that continues to challenge the status quo in Priorat.