Josep Grau Viticultor

La Florens Montsant – 2019

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 located in Marçà, D.O. Montsant.

  • Altitude: 1100 feet/340 meters
  • Soils: Clayey-calcareous, poor in organic matter
  • Vine Age: over 80 years
  • Vine Training System: Goblet/head-trained
  • No use of chemicals or synthetic products in vineyard, following biodynamic and organic principles
  • All manual vineyard management
Harvest Notes
  • Hand harvested into 10kg crates the 2nd week of September 2019
  • Fermented using only indigenous yeasts in 2500 liter round Stockinger Austrian oak wood casks, constructed of 300 year old trees
  • Wine transferred to 2500 liter, 10 year old Stockinger Austrian oak foudres, made of similar woods of very tight grain
  • Aged 14 months in foudres
  • Settled in concrete tanks
  • Bottled and aged 11 months before release
Winemaker's Notes

Named in tribute to Josep Grau’s mother, Florentina, and the goldfinches she loved and kept throughout her marriage. This Garnaxta has an elegant, friendly and lovely character. Red and forest fruits. Cherry, blackberry and hints of pomegranate. Spicy, balsamic, with Mediterranean herb hints of cloves, eucalyptus and a whisper of mint. Very fresh with vibrant acidity, ripe tannins and a beautifully refined finish.

Wine Summary

100% Grenache; alcohol: 14%; single vineyard in Marçà, D.O. Montsant at 1100 feet; clayey-calcareous soils; 105 year old vines; no chemical or synthetic products used; hand harvested 2nd week September; fermented in seasoned Austrian Stockinger oak casks; aged in 10 year old, 2500 liter Stockinger oak foudres; bottle aged 11 months before release; named in honor of Josep Grau’s mother, Florentina, and the goldfinches she loved.

Technical Information
  • 100% Grenache
  • Alcohol: 14%
  • Total Acidity: 6.2 g/l
  • pH: 3.27
  • Residual Sugar: < 0.2 g/l
  • Total SO2: 47 mg/l

Reviews

94 Points

Floral and beautiful with blackberry and black-cherry aromas, as well as lemon rind and violets. Medium-bodied with ultra-fine tannins that are polished and so long. Such balance and finesse with strength. Garnatxa negra. Drink now.

jamessuckling.com, February, 2022

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