Scala Dei Heretge 2017
Cellers de Scala Dei, since its re-foundation in 1973 is sustained by three fundamental pillars: the height, the soil and the Grenache. Nevertheless, the cellar is also nourished by old Carignan, planted at the beginning of the 20th century on slate slopes. Scala Dei Heretge pays homage to the winemakers committed to Priorat with its viticulture techniques that go back to the middle of the last century: a heroic and mountainous viticulture.
Varieties: 100% black carinyena
Alcohol content: 14.5% Vol.
Total tartaric acid: 5.7 g / l
This wine comes from four different vineyards, all of them planted between the Vilella Alta and Torroja just after phylloxera. Therefore, the vines range from 80 to 117 years old. The predominant orientation is north except in one of the vineyards, where there is a part that faces south. These hillsides are a jewel for the plants, also a jewel and a testimony of the popular architecture of dry stone, where we find constructions taking advantage of water, space and trails.
The wine-making process is similar to the one which is used at Cellers de Scala Dei for our historic Grenache vineyards. Basically, the main target is not to intervene so as to enable the wine to express itself the characteristics of the Priorat slate terroir. Thus, the fermentation takes place in open concrete deposits, alternating its mixture and remontage based on a thorough daily tasting. It is fermented with 30% of the stems, which corresponds to where we can harvest with the stalk at full ripeness. It has contact with the skins for 30 days, until the pressing is due. The fermentation is done completely with native yeasts.
Robert Parker 2018: 94 points
Guía Peñín 2019: 93 points
James Suckling 2018: 93 points
2019 wine yearbook: 94 points
Andreas Larsson 2018: 91 points