Clos i Terrasses
Clos Erasmus, 2018

Priorat, Spain

£180.00

Clos i Terrasses, Clos Erasmus, 2018

Clos i Terrasses
Clos Erasmus, 2018

Priorat, Spain

£180.00

Quite simply, this wine is one of the absolute benchmarks for fine Priorat and a reference in Spain. Sourced from 3 small vineyards in the Gratallops, this blend of Grenache and Syrah undergoes strict berry selection and is fermented and aged for 20 months in barrels and amphorae. It is all about opulent fruit, exotic spice and stony minerality, with a freshness and elegance that are truly singular, even among the top wines of the appellation.
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Luis Gutiérrez - The Wine Advocate

A blend of 85% Garnacha and 15% Syrah, 2018 Clos Erasmus comes from a year with good yields and enough rain for good ripeness of the grapes. The vines are now 36 years old on average, and the grapes fermented after a cold soak in 1,000-, 1,500- and 2,000-liter oak vats with indigenous yeasts and a five-week maceration. It matured in new and second use Burgundian 228-liter oak barrels, with around 40% new oak. This is a very elegant and perfumed vintage for Clos Erasmus, a wine that reveals a bright ruby color and a exotic nose that mixes flowers with tons of sweet spices. It is still very young and influenced by the élevage in oak, with something herbal and fresh, reminiscent of pine needles. The palate is textured and velvety, lace and dust, with fine-grained tannins that bring back the memories of the slate rocks; it is pure and detailed and has terrible balance, focus, inner strength, filigree and subdued minerality. I'd wait a little bit for the oak to get integrated before pulling the cork. It has the ingredients, stuffing and balance to develop nicely in bottle for a long time. 3,319 bottles and 100 magnums produced. It was bottled in May 2020.

About Clos i Terrasses

Daphne Glorian is a pioneer in the Priorat 'New Wave'. Clos I Terrasses was born in 1989 when Alvaro Palacios and Rene Barbier persuaded their friend Daphne to do something crazy: spend all her savings on some old Garnacha vines, planted on 17 terraces, just outside the village of Gratallops. Priorat’s reputation as a region for fine wines was yet to be established.

The first 10 vintages were made at Barbier’s Clos Mogador until Daphne purchased an old cellar from Palacios. The wines have gone from strength to strength, regularly gaining top marks, and Priorat is firmly on the map as one of Spain's top wine regions.