2009 will be remembered for many years in Priorat, as it was one of the best vintages of the last two decades.
Among the many exceptional wines that were produced that year, there's one that stands above the rest: Clos Abella 2009 Magnum. In January 2015, this wine was chosen Best Wine of the World 2014 by the Wine in China Magazine.
The wine was crafed by the increasingly prestigious Marco Abella winery from low-yielding vines 11 to 100 years of age planted in steep slopes. Those vineyards have the typical, black slate llicorella soils that bring the wines from Priorat a complexity and a mineral character matched by very few wines in the world.
As for the winery's farming practices, it is worth mentioning that all of Marco Abella's vineyards are grown following organic and biodynamic procedures.
The harvest of the grapes began in early September and went on until late November. The grapes were selected twice, first time at the vineyard and then in the cellar.
Separately vinified according to its variety and origin, the grapes were naturally fermented and macerated using indigenous yeasts.
Then, Clos Abella 2009 Magnum was aged for 20 months in 225 and 300-litre French oak barrels from five different cooperages.
If you want to enjoy this wine now, we emphatically suggest that you decant it for a minimum of 1 hour.
However, the wine has a considerable ageing potential, and it will evolve beautifully in the bottle for 10 years.
Thanks to our special relationship with the Marco Abella winery, we are able to offer our customers Clos Abella 2009 in a Magnum bottle (1.5 litre).
Clean, bright, high cherry-coloured robe with a violet rim.
Seductive, rich and magically balanced. Notes of wet stones, quartz, balsam, chinese ink, bitter chocolate, black and red fruit, aromatic herbs, underbush, Moroccan leather and Eastern spices.
Big, subtle, velvety and profound. Clos Abella 2009 Magnum displays so many things it is difficult to concoct an accurate description of it. Flavours of liquorice, aromatic herbs, garrigue, blueberries, cherries dark flowers, spices and, on the background, a pervasive mineral layer. Integration of the wood is already excellent, so one can only imagine what this wine will become within a few years. Rock-solid acidity and endless mineral finish.
|Our personal opinion||
Clos Abella 2009 Magnum is a truly remarkable wine. Complex, elegant, terroir-oriented and age-worthy.
|Bottle size||1,5 l|
|Should this wine be decanted?||One hour before serving|
|Does this wine follow the guidelines of biodynamic Farming?||Yes|
|Is this product free of sulfites?||No|
|Type of ageing||Months in acacia wood barrels|
|Number of months aged in Barrels||20|
|Other guides||Wine in China Magazine - Tpo 100 wines evolution 2014: 97/100 puntos Wine in China Magazine 2015: Mejor Vino del Mundo 2014 Wine Spectator: 90/100 puntos Wine Enthusiast: 93/100 puntos Stephen Tanzer: 93/100 puntos Guia de Vins de Catalunya 2015: 9,53/10 puntos.|
|Name of Award||Vinari 2014 - Categoria Mejores Vinos Tintos de Crianza:Medalla de Bronce Vinari 2014 Categoria DOQ Priort:Medalla de Bronce Especial|
|Percentage of variety||"Cariñena":"50%" "Garnacha":"39%" "Cabernet Sauvignon":"11%"|
|Pairings||Birds, Civet, Cured cheeses, Game animals, Grilled red meats, Red meat with gravy, Roasted foods, Roasted red meats, Specialty Spanish prosciutto , Stews|
|Taste||Complex and Elegant, Silky and intense, Tasty with barrel notes|
|Occasion||A special occasion, Because you deserve it, Romantic Dinner|