Celler Aixalà i Alcait

Priorat (Torroja)

'Destrankis' Garnatxa blend 2019


DeStranKis first appeared in 2008. It's Garnatxa aged 12 months in 2-3 year old wood. This wine of younger material serves as their entry wine, a coupage of several owned plots and some rented vineyards which Jordi controls. Destrankis...it's their 'naughty' wine. Destrankis is a funny term for assets hidden from the Franco government...vinous tax avoidance! In this context, it's a wine they could enter the market during the 'crisis'.

Fresh, lifted and pure nose sings with shiny, mineral glossy dark slate. There are red berries in licorice, dry pine needles and that special menthol mint of llicorella. It opens to glorious rock rose. Brambly, spicy, balsamic, pippy sweet-and-sour fruit brims with wild herbs. Beautifully ‘watery’, lively and refreshing, inflected with rock memory, and with the least imposing of tannins. Gentle, savoury, elegant with nice easy round rise and a gentle fall.