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Celler de Joan Sangenis Single Estate
D O C Priorat

 

Cal Pla 2016 White Estate Wine
Cal Pla 2016 Crianza Red Estate Wine
Mas d'en Compte 2014 Barrel-fermented White Estate Wine
Mas d'en Compte 2014/15 Crianza Estate Wine
Planots 2010 Crianza Estate Wine
Carenyeta de Cal Pla 2015 Crianza Estate Wine


Celler de Joan Sangenis, one of the oldest grape-growing families in DOC Priorat, historically sold their grapes to the local cooperative until forming a new company in 1995 to bottle wine under their own name. Based in Porrera, they own 80 hectares of south-facing vineyards with an average age of 50 years and several small parcels of 100+ year old vines of Garnacha and Carignan. The oldest vineyards are situated on steep slopes known as 'costers' and the younger vines are found on the northwest facing terraces. The topsoil, composed of slate and quartz-rock, appears dark grey and often nearly black. Beneath this there is a base of reddish slate with particles of quartz rock locally known as 'Llicorella', high in mineral content. The altitude of the vines is between 300-400m.
For Joan Sangenis, the enormously talented, young owner/oenologist, experience and research are his University. The heart and the continuous testing updates are what are important to him. He says that he spends 10 months in the vineyards and 2 months in the cellar, explaining that great wines come from great grapes and not great hands. Maintaining healthy vineyards with weeks of ploughing ensures that they never have to use any chemical herbicides or pesticides. The secret of both his red and white wines is the basis of their blend - Garnacha - produced from the grapes of old, low-yielding vines. The white, one of only three produced in DOC Priorat, has been awarded the title of best Spanish white.
According to Joan Sangenis, the 2018 harvest was generous in Priorat thanks to more rainfall and a favourable growing season without major complications. He described 2018 as 'a bit strange after a series of much hotter years for the region. Midsummer was much fresher than usual so we had slower ripening. It reminded us of how it was in the past. The fruit quality was very good, very balanced in terms of structure, flavour and acidity. All varieties ripened well especially Garnacha'.

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