The red wine Balandra is produced in the town of Torroja del Priorat, at the very heart of Catalonia's most prestigious wine region. This Spanish red wine, incidentally, takes its name from the street in which the winery is located.
Produced by the Rotllan Torra winery, the grapes were harvested in the second half of September. Then this red wine from Priorat was fermented at a controlled temperature with 3 daily pump-overs during the process, in order to enhance the colour and structure of the wine.
After that, Balandra 2013 was aged for 8 months in new American oak barrels. Finally, it was bottled and aged for a further 6 months before its release.
Drink this Crianza red wine from Priorat over the next 5-6 years.
Decant 1 hour before drinking.
The red wine Balandra has a medium-high cherry-coloured robe with a garnet rim.
Clean and intense, this crianza red wine from Priorat begins with some delicately sweet aromas of ripe black fruit, particularly fragrant black plum, nuanced by some toasted notes, coffee aromas, and warm spices. Lactic notes reminiscent of custard and cinnamon, slowly evolving into balsam, garrigue and an intense minerality.
This red wine by the Rotlan Torra winery enters boldly onto the palate, with lively tannins and a solid structure. The wine, however, is very fresh thanks to its crisp acidity and deep minerality, nuanced by remembrances of Mediterranean herbs and flowers. Fruit is excellent - raspberries, redcurrants, bilberries - and the spicy notes remain on the background. Long, complex finish.
|Our personal opinion||
Though it might not have the most attractive packaging in the world, Balandra 2013 is a substantial and age-worthy Priorat that delivers pure drinking pleasure.
Parker 91. Peñín 86. Enterwine 92.
|Bottle size||75 cl|
|Should this wine be decanted?||30 minutes before serving|
|Does this wine follow the guidelines of biodynamic Farming?||No|
|Is this product free of sulfites?||No|
|Type of ageing||Months in American oak barrels|
|Number of months aged in Barrels||12|
|Name of Award||No|
|Percentage of variety||Garnacha Tinta: 40%, Samsó: 40%, Cabernet Sauvignon: 20%|
|Pairings||Birds, Bull meat, Cooked foods, Cured cheeses, Game animals, Roasted foods, Roasted lamb ribs, Stews|
|Taste||Tasty with barrel notes|
|Occasion||Because you deserve it, Dinner with friends, Family reunion|