Josep Grau

Vespres Montsant – 2019

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

Small plots in the southern area of Montsant between Capçanes, Marçà and El Pla de Falset, D.O. Monstant.

  • Altitude: 790 – 1210 feet
  • Vine Age: 50 – 70 years
  • Soils: Primarily Clay-Calcareous, some stony
  • All vineyard work done by hand
  • No chemical products used
Harvest Notes
  • Careful selection of berries at manual harvest
  • Fermented in cement tanks for 2 months using only indigenous yeasts
  • Aged in 2000 liter Austrian oak foudres for 14 months
  • Aged in bottle for a few months
Winemaker's Notes

This field blend is a tribute to the growers of Cartoixa de Scala Dei, who planted these varieties over 1000 years ago. At Vespers, around 7:00 in the evening, farmers were given a jug of wine to take them through the following day. Juicy and fresh with red berry essence. Racy acidity leads to a silky-textured finish.

Wine Summary

Garnacha and Cariñena; alcohol: 14.5%; small plots in southern area of Montsant between Capçanes, Marçà and El Pla de Falset, D.O. Monstant between 790 – 1210 feet; mostly calcareous-clay soils with some stones; no chemicals used in vineyards; vines over 50 years; hand harvested with strict berry selection; fermented 2 months in concrete tanks using only indigenous yeasts; aged 14 months in 2000L Austrian oak foudres, bottle aged a few months.

Technical Information
  • Garnacha and Cariñena
  • Alcohol: 14.5%

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