Scala Dei Sant Antoni 2016
Sant Antoni is a wine produced from one vineyard, one of the oldest vineyards of the Priorat, vineyards that we know have been planted with Grenache for at least 350 years. With this wine, we have recovered a winemaking tradition that had almost disappeared in the Priorat, which consists of using 100% of the stems and elaborating the wine in a traditional manner, using cement vats as was done by the Carthusian monks and later winemakers until the end of the 1970s. It is one of the wines which expresses the Priorat of clay and altitude.
Varieties: 100% Grenache
Alcohol content: 14.5% Vol.
Total tartaric acid: 5.3 g / l
Sant Antoni de Montalt is a vineyard located above the Monastery of Scala Dei, in a small plain that meets an impressive cliff, on completely clay soil, it is shaped like an amphitheatre with a part angled to the East, another to the West, while its central part is oriented to the South; it is 580 meters high in its lowest part and goes up to 650m in its highest. It is one of the vineyards that the monks had planted with Grenache, centuries ago, although the ones used nowadays were replanted in 1973. We have two types of red Grenache here, the traditional and also the native Catalan hairy Grenache.
With this wine we wanted to recover a heritage that existed in the Priorat and that took us to the first bottling from Cellers de Scala Dei. So, having investigated how those bottles of the 70s had been made, we have vinified Sant Antoni. Harvested during the first week of October, in small boxes, with 100% of the stems used in the fermentation, but with the grape gently crushed. Fermented in a small cement tank of 3500 litres, mimicking the temperature peaks of the fermentations of the Carthusian monks, without added yeasts and pressed inside the cement tank itself. Aged for 16 months in “foudre” of 1300 litres
Robert Parker 2016: 94 points
Robert Parker 2017: 95 points
Robert Parker 2018: 95 points
Guía Peñin 2017: 95 points
Guía Peñín 2018: 95 points
Guide to Catalonia wines 2017: 9.77 points
Guide to the wines of Catalonia 2018: 9.72 points
Wine & Spirits 2018: 95 points
Proensa Guide 2017: 93 points
Andreas Larsson 2018: 92 points
2018 Wine Yearbook: 91 points