2018 Marco Abella Olbieta Negre

Catalonia, Spain

Loaded with explosive black fruit and savoury intensity, this brilliant value Catalan Grenache blend has the X-factor.




About the Wine

When it comes to Grenache, it’s hard not to go straight to France’s Côtes du Rhône.

But go south by southwest, beyond Barcelona, you come to the legendary Priorat region. Its dizzyingly steep rocky terraces are home to some of the world’s oldest Grenache vines.

Here called Garnatxa, due to Catalan influence, the Marco family have winemaking roots dating back to the 15th century. No juicy quaffer, this is brilliant value for something so intensely savoury. With its whiffs of wood smoke and black licorice adding layers to explosive dark fruit, this is Grenache with X-factor.

About Marco Abella

With family roots in the region dating back to the 15th century, the Marco family have had a long association with Priorat and the village of Porrera. Current custodians, Olivia and David re-established their family's winemaking legacy with the Marco Abella estate in 2004, working with old vine plantings dating as far back as 1910.

Their 30 hectares of vineyards are focused around the two red indigenous varietals Garnatxa and Cariñena, across 6 different plots: El Perer, La Mina, Solanes, La Mallola, Masos d’en Ferran and La Creu. Vineyards are farmed biodynamically, situated between 500 and 650 meters above sea level on different kinds of slate (known as llicorella).

The llicorella slate along with techniques like cold soaking of grapes and a focus on neutral concrete tanks, means these are Priorat wines that value freshness, finesse and elegance.


Marco Abella vineyards
Marco Abella vineyards
Priorat, Spain
Additional Info

From the Producer

Sourced both from the Abella estate and other neighbours beyond the Priorat borders. Grapes are all organically grown on steep Mediterranean hillsides.

This silky, vibrant red is led by 85% Grenache, the rest is Carignan and a small amount of Syrah.

Produced in a state of the art, gravity fed winery dug into the Priorat hills, this is aged for a short 3 months in oak adding spice to its appealing dark fruit concentration and fine mineral tannins.

Blend : Grenache (85%), Carignan (10%), Syrah (5%)
Bottle Size : 750ml

David Marco and his wife, Olivia Bayés
David Marco and his wife, Olivia Bayés
Priorat, Spain

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