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Cellers Sant Rafel Joana 2016

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    Winemaker Notes

    Joana is an aromatic explosion of flowers and fresh, ripe fruit. It is direct, flavorsome, cheeky, but also pleasant. Joana can be enjoyed sip after sip, to thoroughly enjoy its youth and fruitiness. Thanks to this wine, Joana, they are learning to view their terroir from a different perspective.

    Blend: 83% Red Grenache, 17% Merlot

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    Cellers Sant Rafel

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    Cellers Sant Rafel, Montsant, Spain
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    Located near the village of Pradell de la Teixeta, in the county of Priorat, Mas d'en Rafel is an unusual estate within the Denominació d’Origen Montsant (wine appellation). This D.O. (Designation of Origin) has quickly gained international recognition in a very demanding wine market.

    First of all, this is because the vineyards are found a few miles from the Mediterranean sea as the crow flies. It is the Catalan Coastal Mountain Range which separates them from it. The cooling influence of the sea comes every evening in the shape of the Garbinada which caresses the vines. This south-easterly wind comes packed with moisture and helps to balance out the water stress of our vines. This is much appreciated when rainfall is scarce. During the summer, however extreme the summer is, this "Garbinada" sea breeze cools the air at Mas d'en Rafel and allows the grapes to ripen slowly.

    Secondly, their vineyards are a true display of all kinds of ancient dry stone walls or "marges" which in the past were used to mark out and hold up their manmade terraces on the mountain slopes, from the tree line, down to the ravine. For Sant Rafel, dry stone walls (a traditional technique which enabled the construction of handmade terraces and small buildings using only local stone without any kind of mortar) is an extremely valuable agricultural and historical resource, which little by little they have been restoring in their vineyards. They are a living example of how the natural landscape of this area has always been closely linked with human activity.


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    Surrounding the region of Priorat on all sides, Montsant shares much in common with its neighbor. Though its soils contain less schist than that of Priorat, its old Garnacha and Carinena vineyards produce wines of similar intensity and character.

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    With hundreds of red grape varieties to choose from, winemakers have the freedom to create a virtually endless assortment of blended wines. In many European regions, strict laws are in place determining the set of varieties that may be used, but in the New World, experimentation is permitted and encouraged. Blending can be utilized to enhance balance or create complexity, lending different layers of flavors and aromas. For example, a variety that creates a fruity and full-bodied wine would do well combined with one that is naturally high in acidity and tannins. Sometimes small amounts of a particular variety are added to boost color or aromatics. Blending can take place before or after fermentation, with the latter, more popular option giving more control to the winemaker over the final qualities of the wine.

    SBE103786_2016 Item# 223702