Our latest DOQ Priorat release Rolland Galarreta Clos D´en Ferran 2018 has been awarded a PLATINUM medal, one step higher than a Gold on top of the pyramid. Thanks to Decanter for this incredible good news for our Rolland & Galarreta CLOS D`EN FERRAN PRIORAT 2018 achieving an outstanding award of 9️7️ points at prestigious Decanter World Wine Awards 2022. This 62% Carinyena & 38% Garnacha comes from 6 hectares planted in 2007, cool climate, north orientation, elevation between 500 and 650m. This vintage has had early maturation and a significant reduction in the average production yield.
The climate of this vintage has stood out for a winter break and the beginning of the vegetative cycle with an abundant above average rainfall. In Porrera, the fresh and windy beginning of September has been of vital importance to reach the beginning of October in perfect ripening and health conditions, without having to fear the possible dehydration of the berries or an excessive concentration of sugars. In general, the red wines of the Priorat are characterised by being very clean on the nose thanks to the good health of the grapes and with a correct extraction of polyphenols due to the rapid – but good– phenolic maturation.
Grapes come from the Clos d'en Ferran plot, located near the village of Porrera, with a soil rich in Devonian iron slate, the oldest rock in the DOQ Priorat (400 Million years). It contains a lot of quartz and oxides that gives it a reddish/ yellowish appearance. Mixture of varieties planted:
CARINYENA (3,5 ha) & GARNACHA (1,5 ha); and mixed vines of GARNACHA BLANCA. The selection of grapes starts in the vineyard and later at the selection table. The stalks are then removed from the grapes without squeezing them. Grapes are maintained in controlled conditions, with long macerations at low temperatures in oak casks with the cap submerged. The must is naturally pumped over using gravity in order to achieve the best extraction of polyphenols. The pressing is carried out using pneumatic presses and a vertical press, and the malolactic fermentation then takes place in French oak casks. This wine has been bottled without filtration.
Grapes from the Clos d'en Ferran plot. The wine is aged for a total of 15 months in new French oak.