Had this bottle sitting around now for a while, can’t even remember where I bought it, I know it wasn’t in this country, I’ve got a feeling I picked it up in Menorca of all places, anyway I decided to open it with a new years day lunch of roast beef.
Priorat is a region situated in Catalonia just south of Barcelona near Tarragona, famed for its hillside vineyards and very hot dry climate. The area produces wines that are generally full bodied and intense. It has around 1,700 hectares of vines and some 60 or so Bodegas. This particular bottle is made by the French producer and wine magnate Bernard Magrez. It’s a 2011 vintage and made from a heady blend of Garnacha, Carignan, Merlot , Cabernet and Syrah. Although Garnacha and Carignan are thought of as the prominent grapes of the region, other grapes such as Cabernet, Merlot and Syrah are now gradually becoming a little more common.
Harència del Padrí Priorat 2011
Decided to decant this and when pouring the colour was a distinct faded garnet, with quite pronounced aromas of brandied cherries, dried fruit and leather, this was almost port like. I left it for around an hour before drinking.
On first sip there was still some fresh acidity and a distinct sweet candied cherry and plum flavour. A little heat from the 15.5% alcohol and a real hit of spice, followed by some bitter liquorice and leather. Tannins were fairly muted but smooth and with everything combined, it just worked.
This really was a wine for sipping and indulging, worked well with the roast beef but would equally work with a little strong cheese. I would quite happily drink it on its own but slowly as that 15.5 % tends to catch up on you quickly and It was no surprise that a little afternoon snooze followed this.