Josep Grau Viticultor

Pedrabona Priorat – 2020

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

Vineyard plots in Gratallops, with small parcel in Pa de Falset, D.O.Q. Priorat.

  • Altitude: 790 – 1210 feet
  • Soils: Llicorella (slate)
  • Vine Age: 75  – 110 years
  • Vine Training System: Goblet, helps to protect from intense sun
  • No use of chemicals or synthetic products in vineyard, following biodynamic and organic principles
  • All manual vineyard management
Harvest Notes
  • After a dry 2019, 2020 began with historic storm
  • Early growing season promising
  • Abundant rain in April – May
  • Very careful selection of berries at manual harvest led to small crop
  • Vinified at a restored 200 year old village house in Gratallops
  • Fermented in Austrian Stockinger 2500 liter oak foudres
  • Aged 14 months partly in same foudres, part in 300 liter, 2nd use French oak barrels
Winemaker's Notes

Fine, complex and with a traditional character. Forest fruit of wild bluberries, dried leaves, cedar and some notes of graphite. Wild flower and balsamic notes offer a Mediterranean character. The palate is well defined, very expressive from vibrant acidity, concentrated. This wine’s focus and structure leads to a lengthy finish.

Wine Summary

50% Garnaxta Tinta, 50% Cariñena; alcohol: 14.5%; small plots in Gratallops in D.O.Q. Priorat at 790 – 1210 feet; llicorella slate soil; vines 75 -110 years; very carefully hand harvested and sorted; vinified in 200 year old restored village house; fermented in 2500L Austrian Stockinger oak foudres; aged 14 months, part in same foudres, part in 300 liter, 2nd passage French oak barrels.

Technical Information
  • 50% Garnaxta Tinta, 50% Cariñena
  • Alcohol: 14.5%
  • Total Acidity: 6.1 g/l
  • Residual Sugar: 3.1 g/l
  • Total SO2: 76 mg/l

Reviews

93 Points

Strikingly fresh and attractive aromas of slate, blueberries, plums, violets and graphite, following through to a juicy, medium-bodied palate with precise, immaculate tannins. Compact with effortlessly concentrated flavors, but at all not hefty. Drink or hold.

jamessuckling.com, September, 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