A blend of 65% Grenache and 20% Carignan, closed on the nose but the palate is more revealing, gripping red fruit notes of cherry, cranberry, Victoria plum and hints of blackthorn, lush, suave fruit tannins provide the support without dominating at all, everything is neatly in place here, wonderfully vivid yet very sleek, this isn’t a fruit bomb; it quietly creeps up on you, making it a really quite moreish, tantalising wine.
Cellars Mas Doix was an estate created in 1998 by the Doix and LLagostera families. The estate comprises 12 ha of predominantly Garnacha and Carinena vines aged between 75-100 years old planted at between 350 and 400 metres above sea level on slopes of slate known locally as Licorella, which imparts a strong minerality to the wine. The fruit quality here is outstanding, berries are hand picked, the must is then fermented in temperature controlled vats with skin contact for 3-4 weeks before ageing in 75% new allier oak for 14 months. These are incredibly distinguished Prioratos, pure with a touch of modernity, deep complexity and slick tannic structures.
Having seen a total revolution in the past twenty years Priorat now makes some of the worlds finest grenache based wines, making use of a particular slate and quartz soil type known locally as llicorella. And some incredibly old vines. Single vineyard sites have been identified, winemaking techniques have undergone a revolution and Priorat can now justly identify itself as one of the world's most exciting wine making appellations.