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Joan D'Anguera, Planella 2019
Carignan 75%, Syrah 25%
This Biodynamic (Demeter certified) blend of Carignan, Syrah and Garnacha is full of lively, juicy, dark fruit. The wine is fermented in concrete tanks and then aged for a year in old French barriques to allow the blend to mature. Full-bodied but fresh, this is a gutsy, flavoursome red which partners rich meat dishes perfectly.
It's a great value understudy to the next door region of Priorat.
Fermented in concrete tanks. Aged for 12 months.
Joan d'Anguera was recommended to us by Roberto from Envinate and Suertes del Marques. So sure was he of the quality and recent improvements in the wines that he prompted us to buy them without even tasting them! We did try them though, and completely agreed with Roberto. The project is run by the seventh generation of the same family, who own 24Ha of vines worked biodynamically since 2008. Joan and Josep, the two brothers who are in charge of the viticulture and the vinification, have very clear ideas and are very diligent about the type of wines they want to make. As many others in their generation, they look up to producers like Gramenon and Roagna which says a lot about them already. The usual techniques that we love are also common practise here: wild yeasts, whole-bunch fermentation, no new oak, scarce sulphur and so on.
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