Scala Dei, Heretge Carinyena, Priorat, Spain 2017

Best in Show

Best in Show
Decanter World Wine Awards

Country: Spain
Region: Priorat
Grape(s): Cariñena 100%
Producer: Scala Dei
Alc: 14%
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Scala Dei, Heretge Carinyena, Priorat, Spain 2017 Scala Dei, Heretge Carinyena, Priorat, Spain 2017

The second Priorat to impress our judges convincingly enough to win inclusion in our top 50 Best In Show is a pure Carinyena…and surely makes a case for this schist-soiled region in Catalonia to be considered the pre-eminent global terroir for this much-maligned variety. This four-year-old wine is still dark black-purple in colour, with typically arresting sour-sweet Carinyena fruits lifting from the glass and evoking a wilderness landscape by their very wildness, as if pounded with stems on stones. The wine is almost medicinally intense in the mouth and once again offers a striking tutorial in the beauty of mingling sour and sweet; there is ample fine-grained tannic texture, and sweeping raptor-like acidity. It might all lack harmony -- but it doesn’t: the overall effect in the mouth is shapely, assured. Fine wine in dramatic style.

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