Gratavinum Silvestris Priorat 2013
A rather old region near Barcelona. It had fallen out of favour due to the high altitude, steep terraced vineyards and low cropping old bush vines. Modern visionaries came in and saw the potential of the land and turned it into one of the new classic regions of the world that people clamour for. A strong focus on Garnacha with Samso and international varieties as bit players.
Spain’s gift to the world. We know it as Grenache and I think everyone has a soft spot for it in some way. All most too exuberant in expressing its sweet red fruits and high alcohol, it often needs a little bit of other wines to add moderation, structure and depth. Much like Abbott and Costello. Despite this the wines of Priorat, Chateauneuf du Pape, Rioja and Aussie GSMs have an amazing ability to age for the long term.