Terroir Sense Fronteres Negre 2018
Emma Watson, if she were a bottle of wine. An incredible homage to the cool Montsant slopes with body, structure, and enough freshness to honor any Mediterranean fare.
The Terroir Sense Fronteres Negre is a blend of Grenache Noir (75%) and Carigan (25%). The Grenache fruit shines with a wild beauty, elegance and whimsy untouched by any oak contact. Enticing aromas of crunchy cherry and blackberry lead into an herbal yet ethereal brilliance. It has a medium body with silky red fruit flavours, deep spice and hints of licorice. A wine that can be drunk with ease and elegance, and woven with fine-grained tannins and lingering mineral finish.
Terroir Sense Fronteres began as a quest to harness the unique minerality and soul of Montsant and give liquid voice to the restraint and freshness of the clay hills surrounding Priorat. Negre is a dry red blend of the region’s traditional varieties Grenache Noir and Carignan. The grapes are vinified for up to 10 days in whole bunches with wild yeast in Inox tanks before undergoing 8 months of further aging, also in Inox. With a dedication to organic farming, this entry-level red speaks of and for the region, a fruit-driven message in a bottle that rewards those who choose to listen.
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AWARDS & ACCOLADES
This project from Terroir al Límit in Priorat was started in 2018 to show Montsant’s potential through light, elegant wines to contrast with the region’s often heavy, rustic reds. This unoaked Garnacha (75%) and Cariñena blend boasts bright, vibrant flavours of raspberry sorbet and musky black bramble fruit, with piercing acidity and well-balanced alcohol. Tongue- tingling and delicious!”
The 2018 Negre is a blend of organic Garnacha and 25% Cariñena from different vineyards around the village of Capçanes where they have the winery. It definitely feels fresher and more ethereal than the 2017 and is very much in line with the wines I tasted from Priorat; it has great purity and elegance and was bottled without any contact with oak. There are cherries, spices and herbs and a touch of licorice, and the palate is medium-bodied, with very fine tannins. Delicious. 15,000 bottles produced.”
Blackberry, blueberry, and hot stone character. Some tar and asphalt. Medium body. Juicy fruit and a flavorful finish. 75% garnacha and 25% cariñena.”