|Grape/Varietal : Carignan||Color : White|
|Origin : Spain||Bottle Size : 75cl|
|Region : Priorat||ABV : 13%|
|Vintage : 2018||Natural Factor: Biodynamic, Vegan|
After obtaining a degree in Biology at the University of Barcelona then
a subsequent degree in Enology – with an emphasis on biodynamic and
organic viticulture – at the Public University of Tarragona, Ester Nin took
a position at Mas Martinet in Porrera in 2001. Raised in the Alt Penedès,
she felt right at home in the Priorat, eventually becoming the viticulturist
for Daphne Glorian at Clos i Terrasses where she supervised the transition
of the vineyards to biodynamic farming. Falling in love with the rugged
slopes, rocky soils and ancient vines of the region, in 2004 Ester bought a
1.5 ha. parcel of old vine Garnatxa Negre, Peluda and Carinyena in Mas
d’En Caçador– the famed vineyard on the border between Porrera and
Gratallops. At 650 meters above sea level, this site is one of the highest in
the Priorat and its north-facing slopes are pure blue and black schist soil.
About the same time, Carles Ortiz, a native of Barcelona and a trained
Enologist in his own right had purchased nearly 5 hectares of vineyard
land in the nearby site of Finca les Planetes. In 2008 Ester and Carles
married and merged their properties. With two viticulturists devoted to the
principles of biodynamics, the farming at Familia Nin-Ortiz only employs
organic materials in their vineyards, sprayed biodynamic infusions, and
applications of their own compost. They are members of Nicolas Joly’s
organization, “La Renaissance des Appellations,” and share their knowledge
with neighbors interested in pursuing the transition to biodynamic farming.
The goal at Familia Nin-Ortiz is to produce elegant wines so extraction is
also natural, occurring without aggressive manipulation of the cap. Aging
takes place in primarily neutral vessels so the purity of the site can be
Nin Ortiz are the only people in Spain making a 100% Carinyena Blanca, in fact the variety isn't officially recognized by the DOQ. When Ester and Carles found some vines in the Planetes vineyard, which looked like Carinyena but produced white grapes they sent them for DNA analysis and the lab confirmed they were a match. They re-grafted the schistous lower slopes of the vineyard to Carinyena Blanca. The grape reaches full maturity at moderate alcohol levels, so Carles and Ester pick these vines in several passes to have perfectly ripe fruit capable of achieving the minimum alcohol level for the Priorat (13%).
Lithe with aromas of wild herbs, citrus peel and white pepper. The palate is supple, mineral and restrained displaying delicate tropical and tree fruits with bitter pith and sea salt.
Pairs Well With:
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