Xavi Pallejà

Priorat (Bellmunt)

'Buxus' Samsó-Garnatxa 2016

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2016 is the first release of Buxus, and just 2300 bottles were made. Spring was wet, but summer long and entirely dry, with freshening breezes in September. SamsÌ_ (aka Caranyena) 75% with Garnatxa Negre. Spontaneous fermentation in stainless steel (25 days, temperature controlled), 11 months ageing in old French oak, bottled unfiltered.

This is a really lovely country wine style. It's bright, with tight, wiry-briary herbs twitched through low glycerol red berry fruit. The core is purple-pippy Caranyena, in an easy register without any tubular tannin strength and releasing into a sour-herbal balsamic stretch to finish. Pure countryside...