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Primary Notes: Cherry, Blueberry Currant, Raspberry Aniseed, Cedar
Secondary Notes: Vanilla
Acidity: Medium +
Alcohol (%): 15
Origin & Awards
Origin: Catalunya, Spain
Maker: Merum Priorati
Fermentation: Vegan Heavy Wood
Decanting: 2 hours
Serving Temperature: Best served between 16–18°C
Asian Food Pairing: KBBQ, Cantonese roast duck, Chinese spare ribs
Western Food Pairing: Partridge with truffles and wild mushrooms, selection of artisan cheeses, BBQ sausages
Merum Priorati Inici 2019
Merum Priorati Inici is a pleasant encounter with a firm expression of character. Clean cherry red colour in the glass. Rich red fruit nose with a touch of vanilla, cedar wood and aniseed. The dry and medium-bodied palate has a lively acidity and velvety tannins. Fresh and fruity blueberry, black cherry, raspberry and red currant flavours are made complex with laters of vanilla and oak spices. Closes in a long, elegant finish.
Blend of 60% Garnacha, 15% Carignan, 15% Syrah and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon. The grapes come exclusively from the estate's three vineyards, which make a total of 29 hectares planted with vines. The vineyards are on the hillsides of Porrera village and have a slate terrain that is locally known as “llicorella”.
Manual harvesting, destemming and gentle pressing of the grapes using a pneumatic horizontal press. Fermentation in steel vats at a controlled temperature. Matures for 8–12 months in French oak barrels. No filtering or fining before bottling.
AWARDS & ACCOLADES
- 92 POINTS
"Colour: bright cherry. Aroma: red berry notes, floral, spicy, wild herbs, balance. Flavour: flavourful, good acidity, long, ripe fruit."
WILFRED WONG OF - 92 POINTS
"The 2019 Merum Priorati Inici is a delicious blend of Garnacha and Cariñena. TASTING NOTES: This wine offers aromas and flavors of black fruits, licorice, and spice. Enjoy its expansive palate with a garlic and rosemary-infused roast leg of lamb. (Tasted: December 6, 2022, San Francisco, CA)"
"A medium-bodied Priorat, showing rich strawberries, purple plums, violets and dark spices. Juicy and vivid on the palate with very ripe, silky tannins. Vegan. Drink now."
- 90 POINTS
"A lively, medium-bodied red, with bright acidity enlivening dark, ripe notes of black raspberry and black currant fruit, joined by accents of sandalwood, underbrush and singed orange peel. Crisp finish. Grenache, Carignan, Syrah and Cabernet Sauvignon. Drink now."