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Porrera de Vi de Vila de Vall Llach Priorat 2012

ID No: 444860
Country:Spain
Region:Priorat
Grape Type:Carignan
Winery:Cellar Vall Llach
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Pago de los Capellanes Crianza 2013

 

Prepared with Tempranillo grapes (100%), this wine has a very bright, intense maraschino cherry colour that fades to a Cardinal red rim.

It has a very marked aroma with a good balance of fruit and wood, where tones of vanilla intermingle with well-ripened fruit, black berries and wild fruits. There are also noticeable hints of leather and liquorice, resulting from the mingling of the French oak and the aromas inherent in this variety of grape. 

In the mouth, the wine has a smooth texture but fills the palate with balanced flavours, including fine tannins, which help extend the life of the wine. The finish and aftertaste are both long and elegant.

Vineyard: 

Pago de los Capellanes, Pedrosa de Duero. 

Variety composition: 

100% Tempranillo.

Type of soil: 

Clayey and chalky. 

Aging: 

12 months in barrel and remainder on rack.

Type of oak: 

100% French oak, medium toast.

Serving: 

Uncork and decant one hour before serving at a temperature of 16-18 ºC.

Selected harvest with yields limited to 5000 kg per hectare. The harvest begins in early October, starting with the most mature parcels. Once the grapes are brought into the winery, the tanks are seeded with indigenous yeast (start culture) and the alcoholic fermentation begins. During the barrelling period, which lasts 30 days, the wine is crushed and pumped over daily, all the while controlling the density, temperature and evolution of the yeast. At the end of this fermentation, the tanks are emptied and the wine taken for malolactic fermentation.

The malolactic fermentation begins without the addition of bacteria. The temperature is held steady at 20ºC for period of 22 days, during which we monitor the levels of malic and lactic acids. When the malic acid content is less than 0.1 grams per litre, the wine is decanted to separate the lees and is transferred directly to the barrels without undergoing any type of filtration, clarification or cold treatment.

The wine is aged for twelve months in new and semi-new French oak barrels (no more than three years old). At the end of this period, it is taken to the tank for homogenisation, where it undergoes light filtration through cartridges (open pore) and is then bottled.

   Review:

Guia Penin 92 Points

 92 Points
Product Description

Porrera’s great Carignan grapes are famous in the auspicious circles of world wine connoisseurs.

Celler Vall Llach is privileged to possess vineyards which grow extraordinary Carignan grapes and which have allowed the winery to release this new Vi de Vila de Porrera (new category of wine within the DOCa. Priorat which is based on the concept of village-level wines), as the winery’s true jewel.

Ancient Carignan vines, carefully selected from vineyards which are over a hundred years old and then blended with an average of 15% Grenache grapes.

These vines are from a different era and truly define the personality of our Porrera de Vall LLach.

The 2012 vintage was good in the cooler zones as the lack of rain and successive heat waves led to some grapes turning to raisin in the sunnier vineyards. Rainfall was well below the average levels of the previous years. This vintage can be characterised by a lack of rain, but most particularly by the successive heat waves which occurred from the month of May until the end of August. These heat waves caused the vines water stress as there was practically no rainfall from the middle of spring until the end of the summer. The effects of this were not apparent in the hotter zones and the vineyards with more sun exposure until the end of a spell of extreme temperatures in August.

This was due to the fact that relative humidity was higher than normal and the windy periods tended to be less intense. It rained in March and April and after that, rainfall tended to be insignificant until the beginning of July when it did not rain at all until the end of September. In terms of average temperatures during 2012, they tended to be normal. Regarding the different grape varieties, it is worth pointing out that Garnatxa (Grenache) and Carinyena (Carignan) better withstood water stress, whilst recently introduced varieties tended to turn more readily to raisin. This ability to better withstand drought was more visible in the older vineyards. Over the spring and summer months, the scarce rainfall meant that grapes were very healthy and there were no problems with botrytis.

The grapes ripened healthily in the lead up to harvest. Up until the end of August, we did not observe any water stress and berry development and ripening continued without problems. This was a dry vintage from the flowering phase right up until the ripening phase and was characterised by a significant gap between levels of alcohol and phenolic


Review:

Ripe, lush and a touch raisiny on the nose, this smells like boysenberry pie and crème de cassis liqueur. Chewy, tannic and a bit heavy in this youthful state, this offering from vineyards in the town of Porrera (Vall Llach's home) delivers blackberry, cassis and prune flavors along with a toasty, chocolaty, oak-heavy finish. Best from 2016 through 2021. - Wine Enthusiast 93 Points

Winery: Cellar Vall Llach

Focussing on quality over quantity, Celler Vall Llach has firmly embraced a small-is beautiful ethos of microproduction for its vineyards and "trossos".

Consistent with this philosophy, the celler has imposed a ceiling on production and growth in order never to lose the personal and thorough supervision exerted over each stage of the process of wine making.

All this, and the unique character of Priorat allow us to offer you wines that Vall Llach hopes you will find fascinating and exclusive

To the East of Priorat (Southern Catalunya), few kilometers from Coll Teixeta, we find Porrera, a historical Priorat municipality where Celler Vall Llach was created.

The township takes up 28,54 km² and spreads along the valley of the Cortiella River, which flows across the territory from East to West and finally runs into the Siurana River. The northern and western sectors are limited for La Serra del Molló. Practically the whole territory is covered with vineyards.
After the depopulation of La Garrantxa, Porrera is the only populated centre in the municipality.

You can arrive from Falset by T-740; from Reus by first taking N-420 (to Coll Teixeta) and later by TP-7041; from Cornudella de Montsant by taking C-242 (until Venta d'en Pubill) and then by TP-7402 to Porrera.

Porrera is a farming town but only a 40% of the land is cultivated. The rest are waste lands covered with brushwood and forests. The chief crops are vine, almond and hazelnut trees. There are some unused beads of lead and baryta and also some fountains of ferrous water.
The farming co-operative was founded in 1932.


Along the centuries Porrera earned itself the reputatio of 'the most rebellious city in Catalunya' but, History has also proved that the village has always fought for liberty.
Despite the continuous wars and fights that destroyed the village, Porrera has built and rebuilt its buildings and kept its noble and proud appearance. The sumptuous buildings, the wide streets and the rivers evoke its glorious past.


The most remarkable building in the Neoclassical parish church of Sant Joan Evangelista built between 1763 and 1711.
Visitors should not miss the hermitage of Sant Antoni Abad built in 1610 on top of a craggy hill, and also the route along the sundials spread all over the village.

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Vintage Overview

It started out full bore with the usual warm February weather. All our grape varieties started to ripen at the same time making it one of our most compact vintages to date. Vine-balance was carefully monitored, resulting in fruit that demonstrate the vibrancy and fruit-derived characters that we strive for in our wines.

Tasting Notes

Deep inky purple in colour. Aromas of blackberry, mocha, mint and spices. Lush, ripe palate dominated by black fruits, cherry and chocolate. An expansive palate with black fruits and nicely balanced by oak.

Production Statistics:

Bottling Date: 13.12.2011

Sizes: 750ml

Region (GI): 100% Padthaway

Varietal composition: 60% Shiraz, 40% Cabernet Sauvignon

Alcohol: 14.5 alc/Vol

Total Acidity: 6.8 g/L

ALLERGENS: Minimal Sulphur Dioxide added.

Naturally clarified with egg white, traces may remain.


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