The Salanques vineyards are situated 450 metres above sea level on steep hillsides composed of Priorat’s unique black llicorella slate soil. The wine is a blend of 65% Garnacha, 25% Cariñena, and 10% Syrah. The Garnacha and Cariñena vines are between 70 and 90 years old, the Syrah are younger. This is a balanced, concentrated, remarkable elegant wine that speaks to the skill and focus of the Mas Doix team.
Fruit is harvested by hand from the steeply-sloping vineyards, then transported to the winery in small crates. After sorting, the fruit is de-stemmed and fermented as individual berries in small lots. The wine aged for 14 months in old and new French oak barrels before it was bottled unfined and unfiltered.
The 2015 vintage is a new release that has yet to be reviewed. The 2014 vintage received the following:
“Intense, mineral nose with vivacious black cherry, wild thyme and black pepper. Dense, concentrated, lively, fruity palate of black cherries with a perfumed finish. The high alcohol is well integrated.”
98 points + Gold Medal, Decanter World Wine Awards, June 2017