(2020) From the high quality Priorat region of northeast Spain, close to Barcelona, this is a typical blend of Carignan and Grenache, and at 'Crianza' level, will have seen some barrel ageing. There's a firm cherry fruited character on the nose, definitely a touch of tobacco spice and the whole picture quite taut and serious. In the mouth the cherry fruit becomes more fleshy, softened slightly by silky tannins and a pert but generous acidity. It stays savoury and dry, a really nicely balanced wine that's crying out for a bit of meaty protein to match. Part of Lidl's 'Wine Tour', May 2020.
(2015) And yes it's two in a row for Aldi with this 14.5% Garnacha (Grenache) based wine. Tight kirsch and blackcurrant, the fine spice suggesting Sandalwood and delighfully balanced aromatic character. On the palate it is composed and beautifully fruited with a cleansing, crisp finish showing copious fruit but such a precise structure of tannin and acidity. Could cellar for a few years too.
(2015) The Grenache-based wines of Priorat, grown at altitude on slate soils close to Barcelona, can be some of the most profound in Spain. Old vine Grenache is joined by Syrah and Mazuelo in this wine, which has a dense, intense purple/black saturation, and very vivid and velvety berry and spice aromas: hints of clove and cedar as well as plenty of dark bramble fruit. Despite the 14.5% alcohol there is a bit of cut and freshness on the palate. Tannins are pretty soft and fine, acidity is fresh and cherryish, all off-setting the ripe fruit concentration and spice.