Clos Martina, Mas d'en Blei, Priorat, Spain 2012

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Clos Martina, Mas d'en Blei, Priorat, Spain 2012

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A blend of Garnacha Blanca, Pedro Ximenez and Xarel-lo aged for 6 months in oak with daily batonnage. The steep, high altitude ‘Clos Martina’ vineyard is farmed organically and the grapes undergo a rigorous sorting process before they are granted a pass to the winery, with a success ratio similar to that of astronaut recruitment. It’s one of those wines that you simply can’t ignore. The aromas have the famous “struck flint” note that you find in great white Burgundy, but this isn’t aiming to be a caricature of a Meursault or a Puligny-Montrachet, it’s very much a proud Catalan wine that captures the zeitgeist for wines with distinctive terroir expression. As well as that strong mineral note from the ‘Llicorella’ soil, there are the most delicious flavours of pineapple, apricot yoghurt, preserved lemon, candied grapefruit, hazelnuts, smoked almonds, sourdough and a hint of tangy manzanilla. The palate is less of a salty sea dog than the nose might suggest. It’s wonderfully fruit-rich and vibrant; full-bodied, yes, but it expresses itself in energy not weight. This is a serious bottle of wine for big occasions. It can be enjoyed on its own, but would bring any meal to life. Pinot Grigio it is not, but if you like wines with soul and more than a little panache, then we cannot recommend it highly enough. 14% alc. Drink now- 2020.

Customer comments:

"This is really excellent. Anyone would assume it's from Burgundy. I've played with it chilled and at room temperature. Really comes alive a little chilled. Complete surprise; really splendid." - Mr. J.H., September 2015

"Wine superb!" - Mr. T.M., 14th June 2015

"I enjoyed my first bottle yesterday - very good indeed!" - Mr. R.B., 15th June 2015

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