105/365 – Catalonia – DOQ Priorat – Bellmunt del Priorat – Casa Gran del Siurana – GR-174 – 2010
… is like the wine I drink, has to be of good quality! And, not that I’ve tried, but it seems nearly impossible to find really bad wines in the Priorat. So, once more, I invite you to read about yet another Priorat winery which is producing splendid wines at a affordable price. Welcome to my world, where the air that I breathe is like the wine that I drink, unpolluted and pure!
The farmhouse locally known as La Casa Gran can be found on the outskirts of the town of Bellmunt del Priorat, on the banks of the river Siurana. It is a building with a three hundred years old history. It was previously inhabited by the Carthusian monks from the nearby monastery of Scala Dei. In the XII century, this monastic order introduced vine-growing into this region, which has become one of the most renowned regions for winemaking in the world today.
In the lands surrounding La Casa Gran, lands that previously bore witness to the monks’ solemn vows of silence, GR-174, Cruor and Gran Cruor, three modern and elegant red wines were born, wines that nowadays vie for a prestigious position amongst the D.O.Q. Priorat elite.
Some years ago Castillo Perelada made a bid for the success of quality winemaking in the Empordà. This same passion for high expression wines has guided us to Priorat, one of the most highly regarded Designations of Origin in Spain and the world, and one of the few that are recognised as being a Qualified Designation of Origin. The venture with La Casa Gran del Siurana began with the main aim of creating modern, quality wines, through a wine-making process that would control all aspects from the moment the vine is planted onwards. And I must say they have succeeded quite well!
La Casa Gran estate covers 10 hectares of deep flat land, mainly composed of sedimentary fluvial soils from the river Siurana. The vineyard houses the Casa Gran farmhouse, which lends its name to our bodega: a building with a history of three hundred years that was the former headquarters of the Carthusian monks of Scala Dei in ancient times. On the other hand, La Fredat estate covers 40 hectares of mountainous terrace farming land with llicorella shale soils, the typical terroir of Priorat, composed of crumbled slate fragments that allow the vines to grow deep roots to make the most of the soil’s nutrients and become more resistant to high temperatures.
Having two terroirs with such different characteristics, in which they have planted a wide range of varieties, is crucial to the winemaking process of GR-174, Cruor and Gran Cruor: complex wines that are full of nuances.
GR-174 is the name of the lovely path that crosses Priorat. Hiking all along this track is probably the best way to feel its beauty. If you could concentrate in a bottle the ripe fruits aromas and the minerality of its terroir the result would be a wine like this. A blend of Garnacha, Carinena and Cabernet Sauvignon which was aged during five months in French oak barrels.
GR-174, 2010, Garnacha, Carignena and Cabernet Sauvignon
The color is dark violet leaving stains on the lips. The nose shows great aromas of ripe cherry and rasinis, oak, vanilla and mocha combined with gentle hints of leather, cassis and herbs. The palate is spicy, notes of black berries, quite fruity altogether bit the acidity is a bit to high, not the best balance but it works. After a few hours it works really well. Less tannins then I would have expected.
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