Buil y Giné, Joan Giné Rouge, DOCa Priorat, Spain, 2012
Blend: Garnacha 40%, Carignan 40%, Cabernet Sauvignon 10%, Merlot 10%
Closure: Natural cork
Style: Still wine
Suitable for Vegetarians: Yes
Suitable for Vegans: Yes
Xavi Buil, who leads the charge at Buil y Giné, is challenging this perception with his fabulous value wines which are fresher and more appealing in style, with all of the spice, minerality and fruit that are to be expected from this region. Xavi plants on the classic soils of Priorat - slate, shale and liquorella. These are poor soils, restricting vigour and yield, perfect for making powerful and characterful wines.
The classic soils of Priorat - the slate, shale and liquorella - are poor soils for vigour but excellent for restricting yield and production of powerful, characterful wines. The Vines of Buil y Giné are grown on soil of granite with scarce organic material. The vines are cultivated in terraces.
Different varieties are separately fermented. Maceration is long (24 days approx.), at a temperature of 26ºC to 28ºC, followed by the malolactic fermentation. The wine is then aged in French barrels over the next 12 months. During this time the temperature is controlled at 16ºC. Once this process is completed they proceed with the ‘coupage’ and the bottling.
Time: 12 months; Type: French; % oaked: 100; % new oak: 30;
It has a mineral entrance on the nose but then very intense fruit flavours soon appear. On the palate there is an explosion of red fruits balanced perfectly with the gentle oak flavour. The wine is also fresh, structured and very long.
Beautiful with game and red meat.