Josep Grau Viticultor

Granit Montsant – 2022

Region: Spain - Cataluña

Josep Grau Viticultor

Josep Grau returned to the land where he was born in 2003 to embark on a new journey. His wines are not influenced by trends, opinion leaders’ tastes or fads. Instead, they strive to be authentic and deeply imbued with the essence: Grau is convinced that outstanding wines can be made with very little, avoiding artifice and respecting the natural language of the vineyard.

 

The Wine

Vineyard Profile

Single vineyard in Marçà, D.O. Montsant, divided into three terraces facing the sea.

  • Vineyard Area: 6.2 acres/2.5 ha
  • Vine Age: 45 years
  • Soil: Decomposed granite
  • No use of chemicals or synthetic products in vineyard, following biodynamic and organic principles
  • All manual vineyard management
Harvest Notes
  • Hand harvested in September
  • Very careful berry selection in vineyard and cellar
  • Vinified at a restored 200 year old village house in Gratallops
  • Destemmed, fermented in Austrian Stockinger 2000 liter oak foudres with some ripe stems
  • Pressed and transferred back to foudres
  • Aged 9 months
Winemaker's Notes

Aromas of young apricot and apple. White flowers and wild herbs on the palate. Strong minerality and a faithful reflection of the vineyard from which it comes. Lovely mouthfeel, subtle with a Mediterranean essence.

Wine Summary

100% White Grenache; alcohol: 12.5%; single vineyard in Marçà, D.O. Montsant, divided into three terraces facing the sea; decomposed granite soil; vines 45 years old; no chemicals used in vineyard; hand harvested in September with very strict berry selection; destemmed and fermented in 2000L Stockinger oak foudres with some ripe stems; pressed and returned to foudre to age 9 months.

Technical Information
  • 100% White Grenache
  • Alcohol: 12.5%

Reviews

93 Points

Pretty nose of apricots, lemons, chopped apples and fresh pears. Some jasmine and spicy white pepper notes. Vibrant and flavorful, with a medium to full body, fantastic freshness and a lengthy finish. Drink now.

jamessuckling.com, September, 2023

92 Points

50 year old Garnacha Blanca, fermented and aged in 2000L stockinger foudres. This is a step up from the Vespres with a delicate, endearing note of tarragon to complement the ripe stone and orchard fruits. Chalky textured and with just the right amount of Garnacha “fat” on the palate. 2022 – 2030

Tim Atkin MW-timatkin.com, February, 2024

General Info

COUNTRY Spain
REGION Cataluña
APPELLATION D.O. Montsant
PROPRIETORS Josep Grau
FOUNDED 2003
WINEMAKER Josep Grau
ANNUAL PRODUCTION 8,333 9L cases
FARMING (SUSTAINABLE, ORGANIC, BIODYNAMIC) Organic, herbiside and pesticide free