Vins Singulars - Rar Essència blanc Priorat 2018
Vins Singulars - Rar Essència blanc Priorat 2018 (88/89 TSW)
RAR Essencia 2018 from the heart of the Priorat district comes from low-yielding vines in a rocky and impassable landscape, where Garnacha Blanca (about 70% of the must) in the company of about 30% Macabeo from small parcels 400-600 m altitude is harvested by hand on the steep slate terraces and where the average age of the vines is between 30 and 90 years.
Beautiful small-scale project of the famous Catalan winemaker Ricard Rofes (responsible for the wines of Scala Dei) and his wife Magda Pellicer, started in 2011. 'Rar' means something like unique and exceptional in Catalan, and these letters are also the initials of Ricard.
Spectacular winery, situated at an altitude of about 500 meters in the heart of the cult appellation Priorat, about 50 kilometers southwest of Barcelona.
RAR Blanco is a coupage between the local Garnacha Blanca and Macabeo, vinified on stainless steel at low temperatures to extract as much fruit as possible and then stored in cement tanks to soften the wine and add more body and fullness with the stylistic compass needle sharply focused on Burgundy and with simple and low-tech vinification in 70s style.
My tasting notes:
In the glass a bright straw yellow color.
On the medium(+) nose aromas of grapefruit, citrus and chalk with hints of undergrowth and yeast.
On the palate dry, medium bodied with medium acidity and nice round mouthfeel. Nice concentration and freshness with spices and flowers. Medium(+) length finish.