An incredibly delicious wine perfect for the holidays: A reflection of the vast beauty and ruggedness in Catalonia where with wine originates. A deeply textured and yet approachable wine for spicy foods! Lighter extraction, a little co2 lingers (you can simply shake it out or decant when open!). Think all the cacophony of flavors one associates with the region: walnuts and beetroot, licorice, and green coffee all give way to a layered and juicy fruit palate with a little air.
A fascination for the season and certainly a must on the holiday table :)
InStabiles are free wines. Put in order like a series, numbered by production and with a changing subtitle, they resign to vintage continuity and in particular to that of their origins. They are exercises based in the art of “assemblage”, in bringing together the purest cellar work, in building an itinerant wine trail as a means to reach subtleness and the difficult balance of small light weights, gravityless, that evoque its name and image. Wine craftwork.
Free from the link that assigns them a permanent vineyard, InStabiles vary each edition. They bring together vinifications sourced from Morera, Torroja or the higher areas of Lloar, in Damunt Roca. Grapes of diverse character or type are allowed, and its equally possible to find more than one vintage in the final assamblage of a wine.
Fresh fermentations, the first ones of the year. Spontaneous, with indigenous yeasts and in its majority with whole-bunch, parameters always reaching the limits. Minimum extraction, malolactic in very short time and aging without oak presence, with a transit – sometimes during long periods – through small cement, ceramic “gres”, porcelain or even glass amphoras.
The wines of this series move around concepts such as silkness, low density, dim colors, light oxidation…
“Genuine and naked, SiurAlta Antic is like the Noble Savage, like the anchorite that – without atrezzo – descends the Montsant mountain range coming from the small Hermitage in Sant Joan del Codolar, walking through calcareous round stones. Ancestral and iconoclastic at the same time, composed by the two vineyards with greatest acidity of the area, despite being the last ones that conclude the harvest.” – Winemaker’s notes
Alfredo Arribas has already had one successful career as an architect with experimental buildings dotting the globe. But at the end of the 1990’s, his work led him to establish deeper roots in the city of his birth, Barcelona. The Priorat region is 80 miles to the southwest of Barcelona and Arribas was naturally drawn to it as a wine lover. He purchased an estate, Clos del Portal, and began producing cult-worthy estate wines under the name Portal Del Priorat. The wines are inspired and the labels are playful. However, Arribas was looking for fruit to lighten and boost the acidity and lift the profile of his “Tros de Clos” wine, so he explored vineyards reaching further out of Priorat and into cooler, northwestern Montsant.
The vineyards Arribas found in Montsant inspired him to extend his vineyard holdings and produce two additional family of wines under the banner of Vins Nus (Eng. “naked wines”). The SiurAlta wines from Vins Nus are a collection of high-altitude wines defined by terroir, freshness, acidity, and lightness with nothing added or taken away. The vineyards of SiurAlta wines are organically farmed and tended to by hand as the old goblet-trained vines dot the steep mountainsides sitting above altitudes of 700m. The majority of vines are in Cornudella del Montsant and the Montsant Natural Park, vines dating back 40 years or more. One cluster of vineyard plots sit below the Sant Joan del Codolar hermitage with calcareous soils and varied terroirs. Then farther to the northeast is the Gritella Mountain vineyards (clay and slate soils) that look across the valley to the west. This cluster of vineyards contains 2 hectares of newer vines as part of an effort to recover the Grenache Gris vines of Montsant. Practices are increasingly inspired by biodynamics as the vintages go by.
In the cellar, fermentations are spontaneous and preserve whole clusters employing either carbonic macerations or short traditional macerations so as not to over-extract tannins. Three milligrams of sulfur are added before bottling to stabilize the wines and ensure quality after transport. Almost no oak is used in fermentation or élevage, instead a small amount of the wine stays in small stainless while the majority of wine is fermented and aged in cement eggs or clay amphorae of varied sizes and shapes.