Scala Dei Garnatxa
In the cellars in Scala Dei we cultivate the same vineyards that the monks of the Cartuja worked in the 12th century, we are direct depositors of their great wine-growing tradition, which we can find in the form of black Grenache, grown in clay soils in height and in the typical Priorat’s llicorella soil.
Varieties: 100% black Grenache
Alcohol content: 14.5% Vol.
Total tartaric acid: 6 g / l
This wine is mainly nourished by vineyards where the vines are between 15 and 25 years old, they are planted on terraces where the viticulture takes place, aimed at obtaining grapes with the profile we are looking for: with high acidity concentration and a fruity nuance, without over-ripening and lively tannin, though mature.
In particular, the grapes for this wine arrive at the selection table under extraordinary conditions, as it is clearly perceived in the wine.
The fermentation of Grenache in Scala Dei is developed in small open deposits of 7,000 kg; the grapes are then selected one by one, so as to gather those with the same ripeness. Commercial yeasts for fermentation are not used, but they are carried out by home-grown yeasts to obtain a greater typicity. Once the fermentation is finished and after the tasting, the procedure carries on with the press, which depends on the vine where the grapes come from. The contact time of the skins with the wort can vary between 12 and 16 days. Once the wine is finished, it is kept in stainless steel tanks for 6 or 8 months until it is bottled.
Recommendations and pairing
This wine is highly recommended pared with grilled meats, blue fish, cheese, Iberian ham, tapas and all kinds of pastas and salads.
As for its consumption period, it will flawlessly age for 4-5 years in the bottle in good storage conditions.
This wine can be taken at a slightly lower temperature than the one which is normally recommended for Priorat red wines. We would therefore recommend temperatures from 14ºC in summer and up to 16ºC in winter.
Berliner Wein Trophy 2015: Gold Medal
Wine & Spirits 2018: 92 points
James Suckling: 90 points
Guide to Catalonia wines 2019: 93 points