El Pas de l'Estudiant 2021

Crianza red wine from Priorat. Blend of Hairy Grenache and Carignan fermented in Tuscan terracotta amphorae and aged for 9 months in used French oak barrels.

Crianza. 9 Months in French oak barrels
Percentage of Alcohol: 14.5º
Bottle size: 75 cl
D.O.: Priorat
Grapes Varieties: Carignan, Grenache Peluda,
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We are happy to introduce El Pas de l’Estudiant, the much-awaited new Spanish red wine from Josep Grau Viticultor winery in DOQ Priorat.

A blend of the varieties Hairy Grenache and Carignan, this red wine from Priorat is produced from a single parcel called El Pas de l’Estudiant, (meaning “the student’s trail”), a vineyard of untamed beauty planted in 1947 on limestone-rocky soils. The name is a reference to the 5,5 km distance that the children living in the Serra d’Almos area had to walk every day to get to the nearest school, located in the village of Capçanes.

North-oriented and equipped with hand-carved drainage canals, the terraced vineyard is located on a steep slope at roughly 320 metres of altitude, in a well-ventilated area with excellent sun exposure. Neglected for decades, only 1.5 of its 4 hectares are currently under vine. However, the rest of the vineyard is being meticulously restored by Mr. Josep Grau, who is determined to bring the site, one of the most beautiful in the whole of Priorat, back to its original splendor.

The 2021 vintage of this Crianza red wine greatly benefited from the heavy January 2021 snowfall, which left precious water reserves in the soil and energized the plants by allowing them to go into full winter dormancy mode. Farmed following organic techniques, the vines were harvested in mid September and meticulously sorted. The pristine grapes were fermented in Tuscan terracotta amphorae for 25 days, with gentle pump-overs and a very delicate extraction.

After that, the red wine El Pas de l’Estudiant 2021 was transferred into 300-litre used French oak barrels for 9 months. Before being released onto the market, the wine was kept for some further months in the bottle.

In the same league as first-rate Châteauneuf (Bonneau, Rayas), this new red wine from Josep Grau should be gently decanted 1 hour before drinking.

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Appearance

The red wine El Pas de l’Estudiant is deep ruby with some violet reflections.

Nose

This blend of Hairy Grenache and Carignan is pure and expansive, with red cherry and wild berry fruits, hints of lavender and garrigue and notes of violets and rose petals. Effortlessly deep, with some spice and liquorice and an earthy and mineral twist.

Palate

This wine from Josep Grau Viticultor is full of light and energy, with impressive nuance and precision, a laser-like acidity and filigree tannins. Supple and expressive, with amazing freshness and an incipient complexity which still needs some time to fully unfurl. Very long finish with a deep terroir imprint.

Our personal opinion

Kudos to Josep Grau. His new wine El Pas de l’Estudiant 2021 is up there with the very best Priorat reds.

Year 2021
Type Red
D.O. Priorat
Bottle size 75 cl
Serving tempurature 16-18ºC
Should this wine be decanted? One hour before serving
Ageing Crianza
Type of ageing Months in French oak barrels
Number of months aged in Barrels 9
Enterwine's Score 93
Media rating 93
Percentage of variety Hairy Grenache, Carignan.
Pairings Birds, Civet, Cooked foods, Grilled red meats, Mushrooms, Poultry, Red meat with gravy, Roasted foods, Roasted red meats, Roasted white meats, Sheep´s cheese, Stews, Stuffed Chicken, White meat with gravy
Taste Silky and intense, Tasty with barrel notes
Occasion A special occasion, Business dinner, Dinner with friends, Family reunion, Romantic Dinner, To bring to an engagement
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Exquisite wine
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This is just wonderful!! Crystalline purity with lots going on, but in a subdued, discreet way.
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