L'Expressió del Priorat is a new label from Mas La Mola. Winemakers Jordi Masdeu and Alessandro Marchesan have aimed to produce a wine that offers the structure of classic Priorat while being ready to drink young, something we believe they have done with great success.
The fruit is sourced from various parts of the Poboleda district of Priorat, where the native Garnacha (here spelt Garnatxa) and Carignano varieties thrive in the unique microclimate and Llicorella slate slopes. Long, warm, dry days and cool nights give perfect phenolic ripeness and good levels of natural acidity to balance the powerful character of the fruit. The average age of the vines is 20 years and they are farmed organically although they are not certified.
Spring and summer in 2017 were very warm, and as a result, harvest started 15 days earlier than the previous year and finished before the end of September. Weather in September was exceptionally cold and dry, with temperatures more than 2ºC lower than the past 10 years. This allowed the grapes to mature slowly and in perfect health until harvest.
A rigorous selection of fruit took place in the vineyard, followed by a long cool maceration to extract fine tannins. Post fermentation, 30% of the wine was aged for a short period in oak, in order to round out the texture rather than add oak flavours. The rest of the wine remained in stainless steel tanks for a few months prior to blending and bottling.
A true expression of the Priorat region, powerful and seductive with blueberry fruit on the nose and the classic flinty mineral character of the wines from this region. Juicy and fruit driven with tender tannins and plenty of acidity. Smooth and luscious on the palate with a grippy texture, hints of herbs and spices and a long, fleshy berry and black cherry finish.