Jordi Llorens Brutal Ment 2019

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Conca de Barberà, Catalonia, Spain
Garnatxa, Syrah, Sumoll Negre, Sumoll Blanc & Moscatel
Fermented with native yeasts, unfiltered & unfined, no additional sulphites
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Jordi Llorens is one of the exciting new wave of Catalan producers we discovered through heady nights spent at the wine bars of Barcelona. He took over the reins of his family estate in the Conca de Barberà, a high altitude region to the west of the city, in 2008 and has been making notable wine using a host of both local and international varietals since.

This wine comes from a single plot at 600m above sea level. A field blend of Garnatxa, Syrah, Sumoll Negre, Sumoll Blanc and Moscatel, it is foot-pressed and macerated for two weeks before being aged 6 months in amphora. Somewhat counter-intuitively, despite the time in this clay vessel the texture of the wine is delightfully glossy and smooth and has edge and bite in ample quantities. The addition of the Moscatel (a white grape) adds freshness and aromatic lift. A big recommendation for those who enjoy the deep-fruited wildness of growers like Mendall or Partida Creus.