Serra i Barceló

Montsant (Capçanes)

'Octonia' Garnacha 2012


Octonia is named after the 8 petalled flower-of-life emblem. In summary, sour cherry, a touch of choc, scrub and the red dirt smell of the hill itself. It's a violet-tinged deep ruby to look at, and smells first-up of mature red-purple rose petals. Spiced quince summarises its earthy sweetness or sweet earthiness - either way, it's indivisible. Fine low-glycerol fruit is gently spiced, starting out lipstick-tannined and releasing a wild strawberry/forest fruit perfume cloud which extends into brushy garriga and shrubby bosque smells of place by mid-palate (rosemary, fennel, thyme, pine-mint). It releases to a gentle fan of grape-skin, acid and earth with soft perfume continuing at the end.