57/365 – Catalonia – DOQ Priorat – Familia Nin-Ortiz – Planetes de Nin 2010
…. just a little bit, so many deserve it for taking on the challenge of making wine. As easy as it is to make wine, it is not that easy to make great wine, to market it and to sell it. Some wineries need a elaborate machinery to be successful. Some, only need a wine maker by the name of Ester Nin!
Ester Nin is not only a wine maker; she is a brand! Deserving all the respect and prestige that can be given. Having worked in one of the most important wineries of Priorat and knowing all the ins and outs of the vineyards, the cellar and the wine making processes, you can be sure, that when you get to enjoy one of her wines, it’s going to be excellent!
She has reached the level of being called, one of the most important wine makers in the world. Some call her the “Most important wine making woman in the world”, I choose not to involve the fact that she is a woman, although, women do have several advantages when it comes to the finer arts, wine being one of them!
Together with her partner Carles Ortiz she embarked on her own project and is at present time responsible for creations such as; Planetes de Nin and Nit de Nin, which are made in Porrera, volumes only reaching 12.000 bottles, combined.
The village of Pla de Manlleu (Alt Camp) is another area that is going to receive many visitors, thanks to Ester Nin, her roots being firmly planted here. The Selma de Nin, an excellent white wine, being produced here and the 2009 vintage only supplied 300 bottles. Made from Marsanne, Roussanne and Viognier. Grape varieties hardly found in this area! This is hard-core!
The talent, shared between them lies not only in the vinification, but additionally in the respect shown for the land and the treatment of the vineyards. Everything done is biodynamic, to the point that they are producing their own compost. They have a treasure, besides the ability to make wine and the willingness to listen to the land. The treasure being their vines, which are one of the most prestigious and famous in Priorat.
The Carignena, providing the body and frame for Nit de Nin, comes from Mas del Cacador, situated at he very boundary between Porrera and Gratallops. Nit de Nin 2011 is one of the finest, most direct, outspoken and friendly Priorat wines I have ever tried. I firmly belive that we haven’t seen the best of Nin -Ortiz! They are now at the top of the DOQ Priorat, where will it end?
Planetes de Nin 2010, Garnacha 70% and Carignena 30%.
Made from young vines, average of 14 years. It has been produced as a French Cru style wine, aged for fifteen month in French oak barrels of 3.000 liters. Make sure to decant up to two hours!
Intense cherry color with purple reflections. Medium coating with plenty of lightly tinted legs. Very intense nose with red and black fruits showing all they got. Secondary shows slight minerals, marked spice and delicate balsamic. Elegant, satiny and fine entry with heavy taste of dark fruit. Excellent acidity and balance. Super soft tannins and persistent finish with a very fruity aftertaste.
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