Clos del Portal, Negre De Negres, Garnacha, Cariñena, Syrah, 2021, Priorat, Catalonia, Spain

Producer Profile

Alfredo Arribas a multidisciplinary architect, has developed most of his renowned international career in multiple world locations. Recently, more of his works have taken place in his birth town, Barcelona.

In 2001, Alfredo started his adventure in the wine world, after acquiring the estate Clos del Portal, in Priorat, where he centres his activity. In parallel, he develops a recovery task of a bunch of old vines – Trossos – in the neighbour Montsant appellation.

Perfectionist and empirical at the same time, Alfredo associates elaboration to creativity. Bringing forth vinifications with substantial notes and accents, he proposes sensible Priorats.

The respect and curiosity for different origins and terroirs creates in his work the proliferation of references, itineraries through the territory, with the explicit duality between search/discovery… in the spectrum of his wines.

Viticulture

Today, Clos del Portal embraces more than 50 hectares, a microclimate in which more or less half are vineyards and the rest are olive and almond tree crops, surrounded by Mediterranean forest. It represents an example of biodiversity, after a continuous ecologic viticulture exercise moving towards biodynamics. Austerity, dry climate and extreme conditions.

Estate wine, major synthesis of Clos del Portal, it brings together productions from all the sites that make it up. Sourced from 20-65 year old vines all organic certified (CCPAE) in conversion to biodynamic.

Winemaking

Harvested during the 2nd and 3rd week of September followed by multiple fermentations carried out (using indigenous yeasts) according to the successive ripening stages, regardless of the varieties. Predominance of Grenache, along with all the rest of the recovered clones, by mass selection. Expression of the crust of the Mediterranean terroir. It accumulates harmonies forming a symphony of red fruits. Commitment between the imagined tradition and the new Priorat. Matured in foudres and French oak barrels.

Tasting Note

Alfredo Arribas’s most favourite wine, which is good enough for us! Smoky and savoury and an abundance of dark fruits. Fresh, spice and an underlying minerality. Just delicious!

Goes well with

Venison or beef wellington.

Cellaring

6 – 10 years with careful cellaring.

Features

Varieties: Garnacha 80%, Cariñena 10%, Syrah 10%
Colour: Red
ABV: 14%
Closure: Natural Cork
Style: Still Wine
Case Size: 6 x 75cl
Country: Spain
Region: Priorat, Catalonia
Vintage: 2021
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