Terroir Al Limit Pedra de Guix 2013

Vi de Coster. Forget about how rare white Priorat is. This gives the great wines of the world a run for their money and has a bohemian personality all its own. It is a blend of fruit from 48-78 year-old Garnatxa Blanca and Pedro Ximénez vines grown on quartz and limestone-rich sites. It is barrel fermented ...



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Varietal
Other White Varieties
Brand Name
Terroir Al Limit
Style
White Wine
Size
750 mL Bottle
Country
SPAIN
Region
Priorat

Product Description

Vi de Coster. Forget about how rare white Priorat is. This gives the great wines of the world a run for their money and has a bohemian personality all its own. It is a blend of fruit from 48-78 year-old Garnatxa Blanca and Pedro Ximénez vines grown on quartz and limestone-rich sites. It is barrel fermented and aged in 500 litre casks before being bottled unfiltered. It's an exhilarating elixir with serious depth and power yet highly refined and refreshing. The novel and complex aromas that rise in waves only offer a glimpse of what's to come. With profound intensity and character, the wine both fills the mouth and rides the palate with side-saddle grace. As you can probably tell, this pungent, earthy white has got us pretty excited. In a recent Priorat tasting organised by the crew at elmundovino.com (the Decanter of Spain, if you like) this, one of the few whites in the tasting, came out at the very top of all of the wines.

"It's easy for Priorat whites to be alcoholic and low in acidity. Well, this is exactly the opposite. Third vintage for this unusual white, a blend of 80% Garnacha Blanca, 18% Pedro Ximénez and 2% Macabeu (aka Viura, the grape responsible for the majority of whites in Rioja) from vineyards at 400 to 600 metres of altitude. This is part of the range they call (in Catalan) Vi de Coster or slope wines, as the vineyards are situated on very steep slopes. The must is fermented in used oak and aged for 24 months in 500-litre demi-muids (and yet it's fresh as a daisy, no signs of oxidation whatsoever) and bottled without filtration or clarification. Very light in colour. Toasty notes, reminiscent of sesame seeds, lees, somewhat initially reduced. With time a mineral note of flint starts emerging making it a very interesting nose. It's clearly more mineral than fruity, seems made with stones rather than grapes. It's very dense, but with plenty of compensating acidity, still marked by the wood, with a bitter note in the end. Makes you salivate and want more. Very tasty. With time its Mediterranean origin is clearly revealed. I'd love to follow its evolution in bottle." Luis Gutiérrez

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