Winery: Cellers Can Blau S.L., Carretera El Masroig. 43736 El Molar (Tarragona), founded in 2003, is one of the oldest projects of the Gil Family States in Jumilla. Placed in El Molar, in the D.O. Montsant, this winery is the most diverse project regarding the grape varieties and the type of soils. The D.O. Montsant is nowadays releasing at its best the enological quality of its wines. Differently from its illustrious adjacent D.O. Priorato, in D.O. Montsant they work with unique varieties such as Cariñena or Mazuelo and Grenache, planted in and adapted to different types of soils. Nuria López Sarroca is the person in charge of the technical direction of the Winery.
Phone: +34 968 435 022
Winemaker: Sarah Morris, Nuria López Sarroca
Type: Young red, vinified in stainless steel tanks for 15 days at a controlled temperature. Then the wine completed malolactic fermentation and was aged for 4 months in French oak barrels. 14%.
Grapes Variety: 50% Cariñena (Carignan), 25% Syrah & 25% Garnacha (Grenache)
Vineyards: Cellers Can Blau have 35Ha of vineyards, aged –on average- 40 years. They work with three different varieties, grown in three differently composed soils: sandy and clay soil for the Cariñena or Mazuelo vine, calcareous soil for the Syrah vine and slate and limestone-based soil for the Grenache, which gives personality and special features to grapes.
Soil Type: The vineyards of Garnacha planted on soils of slate –llicorella-, Cariñena vineyards grow on clay soils and Syrah vineyards located on limestone soils to obtain this complex wine after spending 4 months in French oak barrels.
Bottle Size: 75.0 cl.
Price: A present.
My wine rating: 9,3/10
Montsant has only been a recognized wine region since 2001, even though they’ve been producing wine in this area of Catalonia for centuries (it’s rumoured to have Spain’s oldest Syrah vines.)
Blau 2013 is an exceptional value. A full-blown Montsant for a ridiculously low price. (Enterwine)
A polished, immensely fruity carignan-syrah-grenache from Montsant which neighbours famous Priorat. This shares the same satisfyingly rich and powerful style but at a much friendlier price. (The Wine Society)
Further reading: Emerging From the Shadows and Montsant Wine Region