Terra Alta D.O.

Terra Alta D.O.

Terra Alta is the most southern D.O. in the Catalonia region of northern Spain.  As its name suggests, the vineyards are at high altitudes in the foothills; a picturesque region often painted by Picasso.  It has a rich history with grape cultivation dating back to the Romans and after them the Knights Templar.  It is quite an isolated area and had rather fallen into abandon until the neighboring area of Priorat began its renaissance.  Terra Alta has profited from Priorat’s fame and attracted many young and ambitious winemakers.

The climate here is one of very hot summers and very cold winters.  These extremes are moderated by the El Cierzo wind that blows down along the Ebro River preventing disease and rot.  The soils are well-drained clay and coastal limestone.  The grapes grown here are a mixture of traditional Spanish varieties such as Tempranillo, Carinena and Garnacha mixed with international varieties such as Cabernet, Syrah, Merlot for the reds and Parellada, Grenache Blanc and Macabeo mixed with Chardonnay and Chenin Blanc for the whites.

Terra Alta is certainly a wine region to watch.  With its experimentation and striking modern architecture, it looks poised to be the wine region of the New Spain.

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    Catalan Eagle (BIO)
    Terra Alta D.O.
    0.75l White
    Bio
    €8.70 €7.19
    Catalan Eagle white is a blend of 60% Garnacha Blanca, 25% Viognier and 15% Roussanne grapes, the two latter grape varieties originally coming from the Rhone. Catalan Eagle takes its name from the bird that soars above the nature reserve close to the 26 hectare organic vineyard in Terra Alta which is near Tarragona in southern Catalonia. This wine has an expressive nose of peaches, pears and grapefruit. On the palate there is minerality, fruit and some warm, spicy notes. Round and full on the palate this is an aromatic wine with good acidity and a rich texture. Enjoy with seafood and paella.
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    No Stone Unturned
    Old Vine Garnacha/Carinena Terra Alta D.O.
    0.75l Red
    €14.90 €12.31
    Made from a blend of 62% Garnacha, 23% Carinena and 15% mix of Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah, this wine comes from Pepe Fuster’s stone covered 26 hectare vineyard in Terra Alta in Catalonia, north-eastern Spain. The Garnacha vines are nearly 50 years old and this age gives the wine great concentration and intensity with dark, spicy, blackberry fruit that has been seasoned and enhanced by 10 months new French oak barrels. No Stone Unturned is a big, serious wine that is ripe and juicy enough to be enjoyed now but will also last a good 8-10 years in bottle. Serve with cheeses, game and roast meats.
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    No Stone Unturned
    Old Vine Garnacha/Carinena Terra Alta D.O.
    0.75l Red
    €14.90 €12.31
    English Master of Wine Ed Adams and South African winemaker Bruce Jack share a love of Spain and make modern, pure wines respecting the indigenous grape varieties. Made from a blend of 60% Garnacha, 25% Carinena and 15% mix of Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah, this wine comes a stone-covered 26 hectare vineyard in Terra Alta in Catalonia. The Garnacha vines are nearly 50 years old and this age gives the wine great concentration and intensity with dark, spicy, blackberry fruit that has been seasoned and enhanced by 10 months new French oak barrels. No Stone Unturned is a big, rich wine that is ripe and juicy enough to be enjoyed now but will also last a good 8-10 years in bottle. Serve with cheeses, game and roast meats.
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