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% Carignane, and 10% Syrah. The Garnacha and Carignane 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 2016 Salanques checks in as 65% Grenache (from 80-year-old vines) and the balance Carignane and Syrah, all of which was de-stemmed and spent 14 months in new and once-used barrels. Giving up a rocking bouquet of plum and blueberry fruits intermixed with plenty of minerality, violets, and hints of iodine, it’s medium to full-bodied, loaded with fruit, has a stacked mid-palate, and loads of character. 2019-2027”
94 points, JebDunnuck.com, April 2019