The second wine at the Wines From the Levante tasting at Madrid & Darracott. A red wine from the Priorat region which has some of the most difficult soil in which to grow vines. It is this struggle that often brings out the best in the grapes. Priorat is one of only two wine regions in Spain, along with Rioja, to hold the Denominación de Origin de Calificada (DOCa).
The Peites wine from Celler Mas Basté is made from a blend of 70% Garnacha and 30% Syrah from relatively young vines and matured for six months in one year old French oak barrels.
It has a medium intensity inky purple colour, which I have say a lot of Spanish red wines have this colour. It’s scent is earthy/toasty with spicy hints. Either due to high acidity or high alcohol I had the sensation that my nose lining was being stripped off which is not altogether pleasant. Having said that this didn’t come across in the flavour (thankfully). There were tannins and acidity present but not as much as I expected, I’d say medium.
As with all tannic red wines I got the sour flavour I always get but there was definitely dark fruit underneath plus wood and spice. It had reasonable body and finish.
A good wine. I feel I should appreciate it more but you know I struggle with some reds.
|Grapes||70% Garnache, 30% Syrah|
|Winery:||Celler Mas Basté|
|Quality Classification:||Denominacion de Origin de Calidad|