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JOSEP GRAU Volador Negre 2022 - Bortársaság

JOSEP GRAUVolador Negre 2022

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After the striking first meeting (La Florens 2018) and the fine estate red presented last year (Vespres 2020), we couldn't stop, and we’ve brought in another wine from Josep Grau’s estate.

In the beginning, Josep only made wine for his own consumption, without sulphur, in a completely straightforward way and only with a few cases given to the local restaurateur to have them at hand when he had lunch with his family. Coincidentally, a Swedish sommelier was given this wine when he was there. This is when Josep's wine career took off – his old-vine Garnachas were quickly picked up, and are now a well-known name in Montsant, the appellation that surrounds Priorat like a ring. His latest red, Volador, is also based on local varieties: the 60% Garnacha Tinta is complemented by 30% Carignan and 10% Syrah. The organic grapes picked from 10-year-old vines were put into cooled concrete tanks destemmed, where after maceration the wine was also put back for the 3-4 months of ageing. Hardly half a year had passed since the harvest when the wine was bottled full of primary flavours, refreshing tannins, green herbs, wild strawberry and serious zestiness. It shows its real face at cellar temperature in the summer heat.

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In his estate that was launched in 2003, Josep Grau made wine initially just for himself, and only gave a few cases to local restaurants. It was an accident that a Swedish sommelier happened to get a glass of his wine, when he was in one of those restaurants. That’s when Josep’s wine career took a serious turn. 

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