Perpetual, DOQ Priorat – 2016
Perpetual is a wine born of time and terrain. The old Garnacha and Cariñena vines are between 80 and 100 years old and grow on steep, rocky slopes. Llicorella (slate) is the essence of this beautifully concentrated wine with great personality. The parcels are small and located near several villages of El Priorat. They belong to local winegrowers, but undergo rigorous controls to ensure that the fruit is of the highest quality. Perpetual is a tribute to the well-aging Priorat wines, intense, full of character and born to defeat time.
- Qualificada Priorat
- Vine Age: Vineyards between 80 and 100 years
- Soil: Shallow soils developed over Carboniferous slate (Paleozoic) that drain swiftly and have a low water holding capacity. Arranged along steep slopes, these soils are responsible for the typicity of Priorat wines.
- Elevation: 250-500 m
- Orientation: NE- SE
Although overall temperatures were normal in 2016, their distribution was irregular: the year got off to a cold start, the summer was generally normal, and the end of the season was warm, especially the months of September and October. In terms of total precipitation, 2016 could be considered a normal year. However, it is worth noting that the vegetative cycle was dry and the ripening period, very dry.
- Fermentation: 9-12 days in stainless steal under controlled temperature at 26ºC-27ºC
- Maceration: 20-24 days
- Barrel Aging: Aged for 18 months in new French oak barrels of thin grain
- Bottled: June of 2018
Familia Torres Perpetual, DOQ Priorat – 2016 – Decanter – 95 Points
Old-vine Cariñena (95%) and Garnacha (5%) is sourced from plots across Priorat, with the vines all aged between 80 and 100 years. The result is a dramatic, dense and layered wine that still retains an engaging freshness and benefits from thoughtful use of oak: 70% of the blend is aged for 18 months in new French oak barrels and 30% in foudres. Notes of bilberry, mulberry and red currants sit alongside dried fruit and savoury notes of spice and leather. There's some fruit pastille juiciness and mouthcoating tannins. More to come with time in bottle.
Familia Torres Perpetual, DOQ Priorat – 2016 – James Suckling – 93 Points
A very assertive and structured red with fresh red cherries and a palate that delivers abundant, ripe and smooth tannin. Drink or hold.