In the debate whether Rioja or Ribera del Duero represents the pinnacle of Spanish red wines, a small, mountainous area south west of Barcelona seldom gets a look in. That, however, sells Priorat seriously short.
What's it like there?
The soil there is llicorella – a dark coloured, porous mixture of slate and quartz – which, in combination with a very low rainfall, produces low yields but high quality carignan and grenache grapes.
… and the wine?
At their peak, the resulting wines are powerful, mineral influenced guys but they do tend to be expensive. Those prices are high because output is small but nowadays more and more land there is being dedicated to grapes and good value versions are starting to emerge.
Where do I find it?
Best news of all
From today though, folks, it is on offer at £7.50 – and is expected to be so until 23 October.
….. and the details.
The wine –2013 Convey Priorat – has rounded raspberry fruit with sharp acidity, surprisingly soft tannins for the area and appealing supplementary flavours of vanilla and clove.
Try some and see what you think.
And …. stand by for the next Lidl promotion – which starts on Thursday. Everyone signed up for MidWeek Wines emails will, of course, have details in their Inbox first thing that morning.
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