The new single-vineyard red 2017 La Rodeda is from a plot they didn't know the name of until they found out through the new maps created bythe appellation. This plot used to go to the Mas d'en Caçador bottling(as it's in the same zone), but as they got more vines in the Mas d'enCaçador proper, they decided to bottle it separately. What sets thisvineyard apart is that it's planted with mostly Garnacha Peluda, aparticular strain of Garnacha that is said to be more rustic but oftendelivers more delicate wines. 2017 was one of the most extreme and warmyears together with 2012, but they didn't suffer from the frost of thatyear. The vines are about 80 years of age, planted on laminated blackslate, and they were hand harvested. They took away all the overripegrapes and put the whole clusters to ferment with their natural yeastsonce they were foot trodden in an oak vat, and the wine matured inbarrel where it also underwent malolactic fermentation. The wine aged inone new barrel, and the oak is almost unnoticeable, such is the power ofthe wine. It has lots of energy, with abundant fine-grained tannins anda very long finish. Unfortunately, there are only 300 bottles in thisfirst vintage. It was bottled in April 2019.
Ester Nin ist eine der gefragtesten Önologinnen Spaniens. Unter anderem ist sie auch für den Kultwein Clos Erasmus verantwortlich. Seit 2003 keltert sie zusammen mit ihrem Mann Carles nebenbei in Kleinstmengen und nach strengen biodynamischen Richtlinien eigene fulminante, äusserst charaktervolle und fast schon himmlische Priorat-Weine. Ein fantastisches Niveau.