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.