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Mas Martinet, D.O. Priorat

Clos Martinet is the wine of the home estate of Mas Martinet, just above the river as one winds from Falset towards Gratallops. Clos Martinet, originally owned and run by Josep Lluis Perez, was one of 'los Clossos', the group which settled in Priorat and worked together from 1989 to re-envision and re-envigorate Priorat wine production. Nowadays, Josep Lluis's daughter, Sara Perez is responsible for the day-to-day running of Mas Martinet and the making of its wines, which have sinced been expanded by the addition of 3 single vineyard wines (one of which was planted by Sara herself). The estate is dominated by local varieties, Garnatxa, Garnatxa Peluda and Carinyena. There is also 25% (and reducing) of French genetics planted, mainly Syrah, with 5% each of Merlot and Cabernet, planted from 1990 by Josep Lluis. All wines use wild yeast fermentations and the estate is moving away from 'scientific' winemaking to holistic, natural precepts. Grape varieties are fermented together after de-stemming, although often Sara adds back a portion of Garnatxa stems. Ageing is mainly in foudre, rather than barrique, with some clay used to counter oak.

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