L’Arbossar is a steep, north-facing vineyard near the village of Torroja, which Dominik spotted while riding his motorbike on the twisting mountain roads one day. Despite the conventional wisdom against northern exposure and Carinyena, he could sense that this was a unique site. The resulting wine is finely structured and expressive – pure raspberry and cherry overlay warm herbal notes.
The fruit profile of the 2020 Arbossar is completely different from the 2019s, with darker fruit and a smoky note, despite not having any oak (they stopped the foudres for this wine in 2016), but that note goes away with time in the glass. 2020 was a very challenging year, when they lost a lot of the grapes to mildew, and this is the only wine they produced; this is a vineyard near their house and winery and they had better access, other vineyards were difficult to reach because of the rain and also the limitations of manpower because of COVID-19. So, it's a year marked by mildew and the coronavirus. It's soft and fruit-driven, with round tannins and a soft mouthfeel.
Drink Date: 2022 - 2026
Terroir al Limit was founded in 2001, by acclaimed South African winemaker Eben Sadie and the talented German Dominik Huber. The duo shared a strong belief that Priorat's dramatic terroir had the potential to yield exceptional grapes and singular wines. Together they rented a small plot of old vine Garnacha and Carignan and went to work crafting wines that would go on to define the modern face of Priorat. Eben moved back to South Africa in 2012, and from there Dominik took over the reins and continued to drive the project to great heights. Today, Terroir al Limit crafts textured whites and sensational reds that Luis Gutierrez (robertparker.com) has even likened to Rhone's iconic Chateau Rayas. Yet despite this comparison, to us, these wines are peerless. They are entirely unique to the terroir of Priorat, offering a snapshot into this incredible Spanish region and the potential of its vines.