Nin-Ortiz Garnatxa en Amfora Priorat 2017

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  • Size: 750ml
  • Vintage: 2017
  • ABV: 14.5%
  • Origin:  Priorat/Catalonia/Spain
  • Grapes: Garnatxa Negra (Grenache Noir)


Família Nin-Ortiz’ prestigious Priorat wines are made by Ester Nin and her husband Carles. Ester’s day job is as viticulturist at Daphne Glorian’s Clos I Terrasses, and they share a commitment to old vineyard plots and biodynamic techniques. Ester bought a tiny parcel (less than 3 acres) of old vines on the steepest hillside slopes above the village of Porrera, at 650 meters above sea level. A few years earlier Carles had purchased nearly 5 hectares of vineyards in the nearby site of Finca les Planetes, where he restored old vines of Grenache and Carignan. They farm using exclusively organically materials, biodynamic infusions and make their own compost. All the work is manual and fermentations are natural, taking place in neutral vessels such as foudre, demi-muid or amphorae, where the wines are also aged. These are incredibly pure, elegant, and balanced wines, with tons of ageing potential.

In 2013 Ester and Carles started to experiment ageing their wines in amphore. This Garnatxa was aged in these for 6 months and subsequently bottled without the addition of sulphur.

'This is of vibrant medium purple colour. The nose is finely layered with ripe cherry and cassis fruit along with fragrant Mediterranean herbs. Full-bodied on the palate with finely structured and intense tannin which reminds of the origin of the grapes which come from a higher elevation, cooler site; Layered, ripe and beautifully balanced.' Anja Breit, Philglas & Swiggot

'It was great to taste the 2017 Planetes de Nin Garnatxes en Amfora next to the 2018 even though the two years are very different, and 2017 is the warmer and drier of the two. The two wines could not be more different, like night and day. This is a lot more Mediterranean, with notes of hay and straw, rosemary and thyme and a smoky bacon touch. The palate has the Priorat minerality, with an earthy touch, very fine tannins and a supple, clean finish. 6,660 bottles and 270 magnums were filled in June 2018.' 92pts, Luis Gutiérrez,