Cal Batllet D'Iatra Priorat 2016
WineSpark Price €19.91
If you’ve never tried Priorat before, this is the perfect place to start. It’s a pretty explosive blend of Carignan, Garnacha, Cab Sauv and Syrah, but it’s smooth and approachable at the same time.
Marc named this wine D’Iatra after his 11 year-old son Artai, spelt backwards. If you look at the label you’ll see Artai dreaming about touching the stars and the moon. There’s a bit of Petit Prince and Jack and the Beanstalk in there, a mix of dreams and fairytales.
Priorat is a high and hot region just two hours from Barcelona, and everything grown here is so intense in flavour. Not just grapes for the wines - but the olives, vegetables and herbs all taste insane. So the wines from here are pretty full on, but they have a lovely freshness from the altitude that makes them incredibly elegant and drinkable.
Priorat can be a bit of a beast when drunk young. But thankfully for you, Marc has aged this 6 years for you so it’s drinking perfectly right now.
|Grape(s)||62% Carinyena, 22% Garnatxa, 14% Cab Sauv, 2%Syrah|
|Region of origin||Catalonia|
|Appellation||DOQ Priorat - Vi De Vila|
|Months in Oak||14|
|Type of Oak||225 L French|
|Allergens (e.g. does it contain Milk, Egg, Fish, Nuts)||None|
|Average age of vines||30 years|
|Average altitude of vines (m)||300|
|Closure Type||Natural cork|
|Is this wine organic?||Yes, but not certified|
|Suitable for vegans?||No|
|Ageing potential||10 years|
|Ideal drinking window||2021- 2026|
Just two hours from Barcelona, I love drinking and visiting Priorat - if you like your reds big, and with tons going on, then Marc’s wines are for you.
Ferran was sommelier at the famed El Bulli for 13 years, and now writes for JancisRobinson.com as the Spanish wine writer. There probably isn’t a more respected wine palate in Spain.
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Lovely nose of dark fruits & herbs, quite full bodied, but the alcohol sticks out at the end for me.
If you like your wines big & alcoholic, this is for you.