Scala Dei Garnatxa 2018
In Cellers de Scala Dei we cultivate the very same vineyards planted by the Carthusian monks back in the twelfth century; we are direct witnesses to their great wine-making tradition, which is based on the way the Red Grenache is planted on high-altitude clay and also in the typical llicorella soil of the Priorat.
Varieties: 100% Red Grenache
Alcohol content: 14.5% Vol.
Total tartaric acid: 6 g / l
This wine is mainly obtained from 15 to 25-year-old vines which are planted on terraces where the viticulture process takes place. We aim at obtaining a specific sort of grape, defined by a high acidity, concentrated fruit with being over ripe, with tannins that are lively, but mature.
In short, the grapes arrive at the selection table in extraordinarily good condition, which is reflected in the wine.
The fermentation of the Scala Dei Garnatxa is done in small open vats for up to 7000 kg with grapes that are selected one by one, with the same level of ripeness. Instead of using commercial yeasts, we opt for local, natural yeasts so as to achieve a greater typicity. Once the fermentation is completed, and after a tasting, the process continues with the pressing, which depends on the vineyard where the grapes come from. The contact time between the skins and the most-wine can vary between 12 and 16 days. As soon as it is finished, the wine is kept in stainless steel tanks for six to eight months, until it is finally bottled.
Recommendations and pairing
This wine should be paired with grilled meats, oily fish, cheese, Iberian ham, tapas and all kinds of pasta dishes or salads.
As for its consumption period, it flawlessly ages for 4-5 years in the bottle, in proper storage conditions.
This wine can be drunk at a slightly lower temperature than the one which is usually recommended for Priorat red wines; we would therefore recommend temperatures from 14 ºC in summer and 16 ºC in winter.
Berliner Wein Trophy 2015: Gold Medal
Wine & Spirits 2018: 92 points
James Suckling: 90 points
Guide to Catalonia wines 2019: 93 points