296/365 – Catalonia – D.O. Montsant – Cornudella de Montsant – Cellers Baronia del Montsant – Flor d’Englora Roure 2009
Deep cherry color. Powerful aroma, ripe fruit, spicy, mineral. On the palate there’s plenty of ripe fruit, is is a well developed and flavorful wine. Slightly bitter but with ripe and well integrated tannins. The wine stands out for its elegance and delicacy, but in turn provides power and freshness. I found black fruit and minerality with fresh ripe tannins. Its evolution in the glass is a journey through different landscapes that are happening every few minutes through new sensations and aromatic palate. A true wine loving experience.
The grapes are picked up manually in14kg boxes, and once in the winery, the most healthy and optimally matured clusters are manually selected. They are destemed, lightly pressed and gravity carried (without pump) to the different fermentatition tanks. The grape juice of each variety, ferments and macerates itself with its lees at a controlled temperature of 24º C, using for this process inox steel tanks. During this process (c.a. 8 days) 1 “flush – over” and 1 “delestage” are daily made in order to extract the “sweet” tanins from the grapes along with their flavor and colour potential. Later on, the malolactic fermentation is done in order to increase “mouth thickness” and stabilize the wine microbiologically. The maturing is also developed separated by each variety, using for each variety the most suitable origin and toast degree. The maturing period was 4 months.
In a region of difficult and crooked landscapes, wrapped up by the Montsant massif, Cellers Baronia del Montsant was born in August 1998 in the beautiful village of Cornudella de Montsant (Tarragona). As fruit of a youth initiative and with a clear philosophy of making different, exclusive wines addressed to the most cultured and learned palates, the Clos d’Englora wines are made under the D.O. Montsant.
Cornudella de Montsant is a municipality in the comarca of the Priorat. It is situated in the north-west of the comarca below the Montsant range and the Prades Mountains. The Siurana reservoir is on the territory of the municipality and supplies its drinking water.
Sites near to the village include the Sant Joan del Codolar Hermitage. The village derives income from tourism and agriculture, particularly wine and hazelnuts. Cornudella de Montsant is at the centre of one of the world’s major rock climbing regions. In medieval times the town was part of the Barony of Entença. The old winery of Cornudella de Montsant, also known in Catalonia as one of the ‘Wine Cathedrals, was built during the Modernisme and Noucentisme periods and was designed by architect Cèsar Martinell.
Getting here from Barcelona or Tarragona is easy, with great communications, and for a day trip it is a excellent excursion. Once you get to Reus, which is signposted the whole way, you can take the road to Falset until you find on your right, after 8 km., a diversion heading towards the village. As you follow this road you cross Les Borges del Camp and Alforja until you reach “coll d´Alforja”.
From this 600 metres high mountain pass you can have an overview of Montsant. It is from this high and distant point that you can enjoy the different chromatic shades of the view: roseate in the morning, reddish under the sunshine and deep blue in the afternoon. After following this road and going deep this wonderful landscape you reach the village of Cornudella de Montsant.
The village belongs to the region of Priorat (administratively) but to the Montsant when it comes to appelation, and it was also there where the monks of Cartoixa de Escaladei helped in creating civilisation and richness on that rough and hilly area. They were the ones that transmitted to the following generations the art and the knowledge of wine elaboration.
In the Montsant area Baronia del Montsant principally elaborate red wine, and among the different varieties, the ones they use mostly are; Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Merlot, Ull de Llebre (Tempranillo), Samsó (cariñena) and red Garnacha. It is worth mentioning the velvety, complex and meaty characteristics of these wines, which predispose them to long aging in wood.
Among the varieties used for the elaboration of white vines, the white Garnacha is the king and produces aromatic and silky wines. There are few hectares of vineyards under this mark of origin. The average is about 2,500 stocks of vine per hectare and they produce an average of 2 kg. per vine. The characteristic orography of the region, with sharp slopes, makes the farming work difficult and hard, but the fruits that grow have a unique personality. The traditional vine crops do not hurt the natural shape of the land. Its slaty composition allows a growing without eroding the land. It is so very beautiful in all its simplicity!
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