This wine proved remarkably popular at a recent Spanish tasting here in Perth: it was found to be very easy-drinking, yet with enough substance and complexity to stand it well out from the crowd. At this price - for a Priorat - it's almost too good to be true.
They do things a little differently in Catalonia. This independent-minded part of Spain has long been slightly removed, linguistically and culturally, from the rest of the country. One of the more bizarre but breathtaking Catalan customs is that of the castellers. These brave or foolhardy (take your pick) locals love nothing better than to clamber over each other and form intricate human pyramids – or rather castles (castells). It’s a feat referenced in the wines of Vinis Catalonia, both in the name – Cop de Ma or ‘lend a hand’ – and in the eyecatching label. This marks the moment when the person atop the castell, known as the enxaneta, climbs into place and raises a hand, four fingers extended to resemble the stripes of the Catalan flag. The comparison goes deeper: the growers whose grapes find expression in the Cop de Ma range are proud to support one another in their endeavours. Together, they produce wines which are a byword for value for money – from the Garnacha Blanca, tipped as the Spanish Pinot Grigio, to the deep and harmonious oak-aged reds, including astonishingly well-priced Priorat.
Red cherry and warm, earthy aromas precede a twist of spice. The palate is velvety and smooth with exceptional length. Pair with poultry and meat stews, red and white meats and cured cheeses.