Celler L'Encastell - Marge 2013
Celler l'Encastell is a small family-run operation, funded by Carme Figuerola and Raimon Castellvi' in 1999, which produces only two red wines: Roquers de Porrera (a vi de guarda with a limited production of 6.000 bottles/year) and Marge (a criança produced in 20,000 bottles/year).
All the grapes used come from the family vineyards around the town of Porrera: “Mas d’en Caçador” (2.5 hectares of steep terraced vineyard featuring equal proportions of 60-to-90 years-old Garnacha and Carinyena) and “Mas d’en Ferran” (5 hectares of younger vines of Garnacha, Cabernet, Syrah and Merlot).
Marge (named after the Priorat's walled terraces) is made from the younger fruit and aged in a combination of French and American oak. Roquers de Porrera comes mainly from the old vine fruit with a small rounding contribution of the fruit from Mas d’En Ferran, and it's aged entirely in French oak.
Very old vines growing on slate soils (here know as pizarra or llicorella) and meticulous artisanal winemaking are the secrets behind the exceptional quality of their wines.
Tasting Notes - Marge 2013 (4.0/5)
The wine appears opaque ruby nearly black with very good tears. On the nose it's clean offering, with med+ intensity, vibrant notes of blackberries, brambles, violets, spice-box and cedar. A mineral note (graphite/haematic) reveals the terroir's fingerprint.
On the palate is dry, with medium acidity, med+ tannins, high alcohol, medium+ to full body, good flavour intensity and concentration on the mid-palate and med+ finish. Very pleasant and overall balanced notwithstanding the high levels of alcohol.
Very Good Quality, It is ready to drink but can keep and improve for 5-10 years. High Price (£15) but superlative value for money. If you like the big&bold side of Priorat this will be a winner. Blend of Garnacha, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Carignan, Syrah. Porrera, Priorat, Spain.