Josep Grau

Efecte Volador – 2020

Region: Spain - Cataluña

Josep Grau

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

Estate vineyards in D.O. Montsant.

  • Altitude: 790 – 1210 feet
  • Soils: Llicorella (slate), Clay and Granite
  • Vine Age: 20 – 40 years
  • No chemicals used in vineyards
Harvest Notes
  • Hand harvested
  • Fermented in 1700 liter concrete vats using only indigenous yeasts at low temperature to protect fruit
  • Aged in concrete vats 6 months
Winemaker's Notes

Soaring with aromas of red berries and macerated cherries, a thrilling expression of Garnacha and Cariñena that personifies its name, “The feeling of flying”. The fruit pops with structure on a lively mouthfeel, with subtle tannin and nuances of rosemary, violets, and tar.

Wine Summary

80% Garnacha 20% Cariñena; alcohol: 14%; estate vineyards in D.O. Montsant between 790 – 1210 meters; llicorella (slate), granite and clay soils; vines 20 – 40 years; no chemicals used in vineyards; hand harvested; fermented in 1700 L concrete vats using only indigenous yeasts at low temperatures to protect fruit; aged 6 months in concrete vats.

Technical Information
  • 80% Garnacha 20% Cariñena
  • Alcohol: 14%

Reviews

92 Points

The varietal Garnacha Blanca 2022 Granit keeps the waxy aromas of the grape and the mineral salinity of the soils that name the wine. The juice from the pressing of the full clusters fermented in a 2,000-liter oak foudre, where it matured for seven months. It has good ripeness, 13.6% alcohol and keeps a pH of 3.33 with five grams of acidity in this warmer year. It has volume and a juicy texture and finishes very tasty and long. This is a triumph over the conditions of the year. 8,023 bottles produced. It was bottled in April 2023. 2023–2028

The wines from Josep Grau Viticultor, who works in Montsant (mostly) and a little in Priorat, seem to be getting better and better. This is a name that usually flies under the radar and deserves more recognition. In 2020, he purchased a vineyard in Capçanes, El Pas de l’Estudian, from which he now produces a new wine under that name. He now has 14.5 hectares of vines in the village of Capçanes and 18 in Marçá in Montsant and 10.5 hectares in Gratallops in Priorat.

I tasted wines from 2021 and 2022, two very different vintages. 2021 was marked by the January snowstorm that brought up to 80 centimeters of snow in some places and plenty of rain through the season, which was cooler than usual. He talks about “delicate, ethereal reds with good structure and depth.” As for 2022, it was extremely dry with successive heat waves and was saved by 48 liters of rain on July 6th. The wines are more fragrant, but he tries to keep the line of the 2021s.

© Wine Advocate, May, 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