247/365 – Catalonia – D.O. Costers del Segre – Menàrguens – Celler Casa Patau – Patau 2004 Crianca
Needle In The Hay……..,
Patau 2004 Crianca, 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 34% Merlot and 6% Ull de Llebre (Tempranillo)
Intense ripe cherry red colour with garnet edges. Very correct primaries with notes of wild black berries, brambles and forest berries, some herbs. Intense attack on the palate, with a feel of fruit liquor, licorice, leather and some earthiness. A quite mature wine with character. Full bodied and powerful but without being overwhelming. 12 months on French Allier barrels. Hand harvested and organic farming. Fresh, elegant and fruity wine which I recommended pairing with
game birds, blue fish and entrées with vegetable base.
Casa Patau is a family run property, by the two Ros brothers, Josep and Santiago.It is located close to Menàrguens, in the region of La Noguera, between the towns of Lleida and Balaguer and falls under the D.O. of Costers del Segre within the sub-zone of Artesa de Segre.
Since 2001, Casa Patau produces wines from its own vineyards: Currently there are nearly 9 hectares of vineyards planted with the varieties Macabeo, Grenache, Merlot, Tempranillo and Cabernet Sauvignon. The soil consists mainly of limestone and they are enjoying a continental climate, with a huge amount of sun hours and thermal contrasts, cold winters and hot summers, which once it all comes together allows for some quality wine making.
All agricultural practices carried out in the cultivation of their vines, are environmentally friendly as they don’t use herbicides or chemical fertilizers. And to achieve a higher quality still, they harvest by hand and do the selection in the vineyards, choosing only the very best grapes. The winery Casa Patau currently has a capacity of 900 hl and they have their dedicated cellar where they keep their French and American oak barrels.
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