This organically farmed blend of Macabeo and Grenache Blanc is a masterclass in what Priorat can offer in approachable white wines. Each glass is brimming with notes of orange peel, apricot, garrigue herbs and honey, plus a rich hint of petrol on the nose.
The white 2021 Terroir Históric Blanc comes from a very good year complicated by lots of rain during the harvest. It's a bit reductive from the recent bottling some three months before I tasted it, and the wine needs a little bit of time in bottle or in a decanter if you open it soon. They have lowered the skin contact; it's mostly direct pressing and just a small part of whole berries. It has 13% alcohol, moderate ripeness and some volume and Mediterranean character.
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.