'Really exciting wine. It throbs with excitement! If it were over the border in Priorat it would probably cost much more...' - Jancis Robinson MW
This is Joan d'Anguera's 'village' wine, which brings together Garnacha grown biodynamically on younger vines (between 10 and 35 years old) in the small cluster of vineyards surrounding their cellars in Darmós. A stunning wine of understated power, brimming with wonderful notes of violet, ripe redcurrants, wild raspberries and a savoury undercurrent of Mediterranean herbs.
Very pale rust red. Super-sweet palate entry but then very refreshing in a sort of marmalade way. Long and rich. On a tightrope. Really exciting wine. It throbs with excitement! If it were over the border in Priorat it would probably cost much more. ... So easy to like.
The Anguera family have been farming in Montsant for seven generations. Joan and Josep decided to completely overhaul how these vines have been historically farmed, breathing modern ideas into the winery and creating a very dynamic, exciting project.
They started in the vineyards: working biodynamically and achieving Demeter certification in 2011; they top-grafted traditional varietals Grenache and Carignan onto existing Syrah and Cabernet Sauvignon vines, and are removing trellising in favour of lower-yielding gobelet vines. With fruit quality improving they were able to move to low intervention in the winery, using whole cluster ferments, old oak, and dramatically reducing sulphur use. The results are mind-blowing – balanced and elegant biodynamic wines.