Priorat is simultaneously one of Spain’s premium wine regions and one of its best kept secrets. We need to change the latter!
It’s an arid, rocky region just inland from Tarragona in eastern Catalonia, not many miles from Penedes, the home of Cava.
Grenache fans, this is one for you. Garnacha as it’s known in Spain, is the principle grape of Priorat and in this blend it’s just over half – 55%, with Carinena (Carignan as the French-dominated wine world knows it) and Cabernet Sauvignon adding another 15% each and a little Merlot and Syrah to complete the mix. As you might expect, this is a complex wine.
That arid, rocky landscape plays a part too, with the low rainfall and water retention nurturing low yielding vines to produce a hugely concentrated wine. You’ll be met by rich and intense aromas of black cherry, liquorice and toasty oak and then deep ripe plummy flavours come through on the palate, with herbal, rosemary and vanilla notes, and leather, spice and smooth yet powerful tannins at the finish.
This is a great wine for everything from goat and sheep cheeses, to Boquerones (soused anchovies), to summer grills, to slow cooked winter roasts,