Pasanau

Ceps Nous Priorat – 2018

Region: Spain - Cataluña

Pasanau

For centuries, the Pasanau family has cultivated vineyards in the Priorat. The vineyards are located in the highest municipality of the region, skirting the sheer rock wall of the Sierra de Montsant which forms Priorat’s viticultural boundary. Gravelly scree eroded from the cliffs covers the underlying llicorella slate and together with the elevation creates a less Mediterranean microclimate relative to the region as a whole.

At over 743 m (2,400 feet) above sea level, Pasanau’s “Finca La Planeta” dominates the regional landscape and experiences Priorat’s widest daily temperature variation. This helps to retain freshness in the grapes, resulting in a uniquely tight knit, albeit typically powerful Priorat style. At the end of the 19th century, phylloxera devastated all of the vineyards. They were replanted post phylloxera by Grandfather Joan Pasanau. In the 80’s Joans Grandson Ricard took over. Since his death in 2020, his nephew, Jordi Pasanau has been at the forefront carrying on his family’s legacy.

The Wine

Vineyard Profile

11 estate vineyard plots at the base of the Serra de Montsant rock precipice, near La Morera de Montsant, the highest vineyards in D.O.Q. Priorat.

  • Altitude: 700 meters
  • Vines Planted: 2000
  • Vine Training System: Espalier
  • Soils: Gravelly scree eroded from cliffs, coverering llicorella slate
  • Vineyard Management: Short pruning, green pruning, spur thinning to limit production
Harvest Notes
  • Hand harvested early September
  • Destemmed
  • Fermented in stainless steel tanks for 17 days at 22 – 28º C with daily pumpovers
  • Aged for in 2 months in 225 liter, fourth passage French oak barrels
Winemaker's Notes

Cherry tone color with purple hues. Aromas begin with blueberry, blackberry and a note of balsamic followed by raspberry, red currant and vanilla. Well-balanced palate with acidity to match the firm-to-smooth tannins. A rich taste with complementary tension.

Wine Summary

100% Grenache; alcohol: 15%; highest vineyards in D.O.Q. Priorat at base of Serra de Montsant, 700 meters; gravelly scree soils that cover llicorella slate; vine planted 2000; vineyards carefully managed to limit yields; hand harvested; fermented in stainless steel tanks 17 days at 22 – 28º C with daily pumpovers; aged 2 months in 225L, fourth passage French oak barrels.

Technical Information
  • 100% Grenache
  • Alcohol: 15%

General Info

COUNTRY Spain
REGION Cataluña
APPELLATION D.O.C. Priorat
PROPRIETORS The Pasanau Family
WINEMAKER Sandra Doix
ANNUAL PRODUCTION 2,916 9L cases
FARMING (SUSTAINABLE, ORGANIC, BIODYNAMIC) Sustainably farmed, organic vineyards using minimal intervention winemaking techniques