Celler de Capçanes, Mas Donis Negre, DO Montsant, Spain, 2021
Nestled in the rugged hills of the Catalan countryside, in the tiny village bearing its name, is the well-respected Celler de Capçanes.
It was this wild Montsant landscape which first captivated Jürgen Wagner back in the early 90s, but it was the huge potential he recognised in this unique village co-operative that determined what followed. Pouring all his efforts into working with the growers to nurture the best from their vineyards and the most honest expressions of their terroir, Celler de Capçanes has established itself as one of the most engaging and outward looking wineries in the area. A combination of diverse vineyard plots and old vine Garnacha is captured and eloquently expressed in all their wines. Winemaker, Anna Rovira together with Jürgen, conjure up complex and characterful wines that show how, with a shared vision, focus on quality and hard work, great wines and an enviable reputation are not the exclusive birth right of prestigious single estates.
Soil in the lower vineyards is alluvial while the higher vineyards and all the terraces and slopes are mineral, stony soil based with some granite and slate.
Fermentation is temperature controlled (22-25º in order to enhance the aromas and for a slower fermentation. Varieties are vinified separately in stainless tanks with an 8 to 10 day maceration. Malolactic fermentaion in stainless steel tanks.
No oak ageing
Medium ruby colour with violet highlights, lovely perfume of liquor, cherry and red berries, spicy cake and a complex floral medium bodied palate packed full of pure fruit seduction and charm. A fine finish with ripe soft tannins and beautiful flavours.
The fruit and smoothness of this young red fits perfectly withcheeses, dried fruits, white meats and rice.
6 x 75cl