Celler de Capçanes, Mas Donis Negre, DO Montsant, Spain 2020

Regular price £12.25

Very well made Tempranillo based wine from the prestigious Celler de Capçanes co-op.

Grenache (spanish Garnacha) was until recently reviled or at best ignored in much of the world, but it is the grape chiefly responsible for two of the world's most celebrated reds, Châteauneuf-du-Pape and Priorat.

Montsant - A little village of 400 people hidden in the hills of Catalan countryside inland from Tarragona, life in which revolves around its co-operative. Growing olives, a little cereal but mostly grapes with around 220 hectares of vineyard Capçanes, the Montsant DO almost certainly has more old vine Garnacha than the whole of Priorat. Lauded some years ago by the International Herald Tribune as one of the best co-ops in the world Capçanes was at the forefront of the movement to revitalise the wine production and economy of the Priorato region. There are around 70 families involved in the co-op and the management take their well being to heart.

Tasting Note: Medium ruby colour with violet highlights, lovely perfume of liquor, cherry and red berries; spicy cake; ripe and complex; floral; medium body; pure fruit seduction and charm; fine finish with ripe soft tannins and nicely refreshing aftertaste.

Critics: Jancis Robinson 16.2/20 (average producer score)

Tempranillo 45%, Grenache 35%, Merlot 10%, Syrah 5% Carignan 5%