Red Wine Balandra 2016

Crianza red wine from Priorat. Blend of Grenache, Samsó and Cabernet Sauvignon aged for 8 months in American oak barrels and for 6 months in the bottle.

Crianza. 12 Months in American oak barrels
Percentage of Alcohol: 14.5º
Bottle size: 75 cl
D.O.: Priorat
Grapes Varieties: Cabernet Sauvignon, Grenache Red, Samsó,
Wineries: Rotllan Torra
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Availability: In stock

Product Description

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.

It is a blend of Grenache and Samsó (Carignan) coming from old vines 50 to 70 years of age, complemented with a touch of Cabernet Sauvignon.

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 2016 was aged for 8 months in new American oak barrels. Finally, it was bottled and aged for a further 6 months before its release.

This Crianza red wine from Priorat will certainly improve in the bottle.

Additional Information
Additional Information

The red wine Balandra is bright cherry with a garnet rim.


Clean and intense, this blend of Grenache, Samsó and Cabernet Sauvignon 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 from the Rotllan Torra winery enters boldly onto the palate, showing some 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 2016 is a substantial and age-worthy Priorat that delivers pure drinking pleasure.


Balandra 2015:

Enterwine 91.

Balandra 2013:

Enterwine 91.

Balandra 2007:

Parker 91. Peñín 86. Enterwine 92.

Year 2016
Type Red
D.O. Priorat
Bottle size 75 cl
Serving tempurature 16-18ºC
Should this wine be decanted? 30 minutes before serving
Ageing Crianza
Type of ageing Months in American oak barrels
Number of months aged in Barrels 12
Enterwine's Score 92
Media rating 92
Percentage of variety Garnacha Tinta 40%, Samsó 40%, Cabernet Sauvignon 20%.
Pairings Birds, Bull meat, Cooked foods, Cured cheeses, Game animals, Grilled red meats, Red meat with gravy, Roasted foods, Roasted lamb ribs, Roasted red meats, Stews
Taste Tasty with barrel notes
Occasion Because you deserve it, Dinner with friends, Family reunion
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