Dominik produces two distinct whites, he refers to Pedra de Guix as his “oxidative” white, while Terra de Cuques is his “skin contact” white. Pedra de Guix is a blend of old-vine Pedro Ximenez, Macabeo and Garnacha Blanca, all from different plots – the result is fresh, mineral and expressive, reminiscent of white Hermitage.
The white 2017 Pedra de Guix is a blend of one-third each Pedro Ximénez, Garnacha Blanca and Macabeo grapes from the villages of Lloar, Torroja and Poboleda, respectively. They consider this an homage to Jerez and think this is a vintage with more freshness and better acidity than previous years. It fermented in concrete vats with indigenous yeasts and matured in well-seasoned 1,800-liter oak foudres. This is an oxidative white that in this vintage matured in less old oak than in the past, when the wine was more oxidative. This is livelier and fresher, even if it does have the nutty undertones but coupled with elegance and freshness, which is the direction they want for this wine. There is a creamy touch here, but the palate is still quite austere, with the chalky tannins and mouthfeel and the dry, almost salty finish. This is more ethereal than previous years, long and complex. A very unusual white, indeed a bit à la Jerez. 3,250 bottles produced.
Drink Date: 2020 - 2027
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.