118/365 – Catalonia – D.O. Emporda – Perelada – Castillo de Perelada – La Garriga 2010
…., good morning, good day, good night my Love, in Castillo de Perelada you’ll have the opportunity to say all three, spending a couple of days here is a minimum and the best way to get here is by vintage car. If you, like me, choose a vintage Alfa Romeo, you get a bonus! If you get hold of a rare Hispano-Suiza, I’ll personally treat you to a two night stay at the castle! 248 km. or two and a half hours is the distance/time it takes us to travle by car from yesterdays small castle to Perelada, but once here, you can relax and enjoy, why not start with one of their Cavas!
Miguel Mateu was a unique person. He was born in 1898, son of Damián Mateu, himself the founder of the automobile company Hispano Suiza. He was active in many spheres of business, cultural and even political life, being at different times Mayor of Barcelona and Spanish ambassador of Spain in Paris. Thanks to all these activities, he met throughout his life a great number of international personalities, both in the political and the cultural fields. It is in the cultural sphere that Don Miguel’s legacy is most keenly felt, with his very wide range of artistic interests, and being an avid collector from a young age.
In 1923 he bought the Castle estate at Peralada, made up of the impressive fortress and palace which had previously belonged to the Counts of Peralada, as well as the buildings which had once been a Carmelite monastery. From then on, Don Miguel turned Peralada into his own private cultural centre, building up the collections which would become the castle museum which is today open to the public.
Wine has been made at the Castillo Perelada since the Middle Ages, as shown in several documents and parchments from the period to be found in the library. When Miguel Mateu bought this ensemble of monuments in 1923, one of his primary objectives was to revitalize the wine producing tradition, a tradition that is more alive than ever these days and which has incorporated the most modern technology to create wines that that make full use of the nuances of the soils and vines of the Empordà.
Arturo Suqué took charge of Castillo Perelada after the death of his father-in-law, Miguel Mateu, in 1972. Today he’s still the president of the company, although the winery’s everyday life is headed by his son Javier. During these decades, Arturo Suqué has led a deep transformation based on an obsession for quality with a main goal: place Castillo Perelada among the most prestigious Spanish wineries. Being faithful to Miguel Mateu’s love for culture, Arturo Suqué and his wife Carmen Mateu started the Peralada Castle Festival, a cultural event that is today internationally recognized.
The Empordà is a small area where there is a variety of soils found in few other places in the world. Slate slopes. Sandy valleys. Fluvial sediment, clay-silt, gravel soils… Lands that have borne witness to how different civilizations cultivated the art of wine. The heterogeneity of the land on which the vines grow allows the Castillo Perelada to obtain grapes with a wide range of nuances.
The history of winemaking in the Empordà dates back more than 2,500 years. The vineyards of the Empordá, the most ancient in the Iberian Peninsula, were introduced by the Greeks when they founded Empúries, then developed by Roman colonizers and finally settled by Benedictine monks from the monastery of Sant Pere de Rodes. Nowadays, a number of different sized vineyards coexist in the vineyards, representing the continuity of the experience acquired, offering a very solid selection of bottled wines.
The history of the Empordà has been deeply influenced by the work of the vine, and also its territory, with its characteristic buildings, dry stone walls and terraces, which make up the unique landscape of the Empordà. Magical scenery, mentioned by writers such as Josep Pla and immortalised by artists like Salvador Dali, the illustrious sons of this land of the Tramontana wind. A world full of enchantments, which includes the popular “platillo” cuisine of the Empordà, and the nouvelle cuisine, as represented by chefs of great international prestige, marrying perfectly with these exceptional wines.
Making use of the uneven land in the area, Castillo Perelada will build a new bodega adjacent to the farm. It will consist of 14,000 m² of a new building which will house the most advanced wine production technology in order to make modern wines of the highest quality. Perfectly blended with the Empordà landscape, the new Castillo Perelada bodega will make use of the sloping land to merge the building into the natural setting as much as possible. The idea is to build a unique building with an exterior appearance that is distinctive yet blends in with the landscape. Together with the park that will surround it and the castle itself, this new construction will become a new attraction for visitors while creating a unique and distinctive image for the Castillo Perelada wines and Cavas.
The Hotel Peralada has 55 comfortable rooms with magnificent views over the golf course, the Serra de l’Albera and the town of Peralada with the Pyrenees in the background. Tranquility and an exclusive environment in a unique sitting with infinite areas where you can relax: Spend the morning looking through the morning newspapers in the library, lie back on the outdoor pool terrace or savor the wines of Castillo Perelada in the Wine Bar while you admire the sunset. There are also four different gastronomic areas serving the best cuisine of Empodrà and the Mediterranean, the freshest products on the market and wines from the cellar.
La Garriga 2010, 100% Samsó (Carignena)
Finca (vineyard) La Garriga , along with vineyard Malaveïna and Espolla, are the three major vineyards of the estate. The Garriga is 100 % covered by the native variety Samsó (Carignena), with vines older than fifty years. It has strong varietal character, minerality (especially nose) and freshness makes it easy to confuse it, if tasted blind, with a wine from Priorat, a light wine from the Priorat, that is. It’s amazing how easy it is to drink a wine of this maturity, intensity and complexity; as a whole, it is a tremendously palatable and powerful wine.
The color is intense and begins to show edging of some evolution, which is perceived and confirmed both on the nose and palate, but it is a delicious , intense and elegant wine. There are aromas of ripe fruit, sweetish fruit, rich tertiary notes (mushrooms, humus) and mild minty freshness. A very complex wine. It seduce the mouth with a juicy, intense, dense but dry input, with notes of orange peel. Although it is not present in the mouth, the same complexity arises in the the nose, fruit (strawberry and red fruit) with good intensity and spicy notes and at the background, a soft minerality and subtle notes of aging. A lovely wine, only wish a had another bottel here right now as it is to easy to consume!
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