CAL BATLLET Marc Ripol, Priorat d'Iatra 2014 Bottle/nc 15%abv VEG/VGN (los)
Red Still Wine | Spain | Priorat | 75cl
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Closure Type: Cork
Wine Style: Full Bodied
Grapes: Carignan, Grenache, Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah/Shiraz
Marc Ripoll returned to his family vineyards to change their fortunes. The family had been reduced to selling their harvests to the local co-operative, but he set about renovating the dilapidated winery and now Cal Batllett is regarded as one of the leading estates from their village of Gratallops. Marc is part of the new generation of winemakers in Priorat who are reclaiming the region for their own. Focusing on a style that puts the local terroir as its heart and looking to create wines of elegance and refinement, light years away from what made Priorat the darling of the American critics. An organic approach in the vineyard and use of wild yeast and barrel fermentation all come together to create wines expressive of the individual sites they come from. d’Iatra is a reflection of the wines made in Gratallops. It is a round, balanced and a ripe wine, which is still fresh and full of fresh red berry fruit and minerals – a great wine, which is mouth filling but full od freshness and balance. This stands up well to roast meats such as lamb. Jancis Robinson 18 Points. 50% Carignan, 25% Grenache, 23% Cabernet Sauvignon and 2% Syrah.