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Meritxell Pallejà

Talk about Meritxell Pallejà, is to speak of the Priorat

Descendant of a family whose roots are bound up in wine production, she was formed  

as winemaker in Tarragona gained experience in Napa Valley (USA), Burgundy (France) and in her native land. 

After working for eighteen years in the demanding environment and excellence that is in the atmosphere of Alvaro Palacios winery in the Priorat and collaborate with the Cooperative of Capçanes (Montsant), she decides to find her own way and build her cellar in the year 2000, applying the methods of traditional winegrowing. 

 

NITA was her first wine, then she wanted to pay a tribute to her grandmother, as Cal Nita is the family home where she live in the village of Falset. The connotations and philosophy of Meritxell Pallejà, go beyond a simple business, it is a way of understanding the viticulture, oenology and why not, life. 

 

Following the success of NITA that has captivated the world for the past 15 years, Meritxell has surprised again with its new wine MAGRAN.

A unique, exclusive and surprising wine which only a handful of bottles were producer.

We hope you enjoy it as much as we do.

 

PASSION AT ITS OWN ESSENCE

 

D.O.Q. PRIORAT

HAND HARVESTING

Organic and traditional viticulture, with the minimum intervention of the machinery, vegetal cover and spontaneous grasses that favor the competition.

Nita 

NITA PRIORAT MERITXELL PALLEJA POINTS PARKER garnacha

tasting notes

Medium intensity in glass and cherry color, bright and clean. The nose is fresh and fruity, it is where the aromas of red fruits and floral touches predominate. There are also balsamic touches and the typical mineral character of the Priorat. In the mouth has a fresh entry and good acidity compensated with the alcoholic degree, a long mouth end and mineral.

 

Nita 2015: 90 points · Robert M. Parker

Nita 2009: 92 points · Robert M. Parker

 

coupage

45% Garnacha

35% Cariñena

15% Cabernet Sauvignon

5% Syrah

vineyards

Nita is a young wine representative of the Priorat, it is made with wines from young, old vines, of vineyards in glass and trellises of different soils and villages of the

D.O.Q. Priorat.

 

harvest

Manual harvest in boxes of 12 kilos.

 

production

31.800 bottles of 75 cl.

900 Mágnum of 1.500 cl.

 

winemaking

Fermented in stainless steel tanks and cement. This young wine, does the malolactic and is allowed to rest in the reservoirs several months where it stabilizes naturally. Before bottling it lightly clarifies and then spends almost a year of aging in the cellar before going to market, this helps to balance the wine making it a fresh, round and very representative wine every year.

Magran  

coupage

100% Garnacha

vineyards

The grape comes from a farm of Gratallops, located in the Les Manyetes Parade that we planted in 2008. Oriented half to south-east with morning sun and half to south-west with afternoon sun. A vineyard of 0.64 ha in terraces, with 2,150 vineyards, formed in royat double ropes with three heads per arm the strain that balances it, the rest shorter and less productive. Very hard black slate soil, also known as "ferral stone". Regulated production, the few treatments of sulfur powder and copper sulphate powder at the right moment have helped to obtain a quality grape. Plowing three times a year and cleaning the logs by digging and weeding.

 

harvest

Manual harvest in boxes of 12 kilos.

 

production

1.188 bottles of 75 cl.

 

NITA PRIORAT MERITXELL PALLEJA POINTS PARKER

winemaking

The balance achieved from the plant has given us in 7 years a wine so fine, almost as if it were an old vineyard. Spontaneously fermented in stainless steel tub with 2 pigagge per day and macerated a moon, soft pressing and aging in French oak for 13 months.

aging

13 months in French oak

 

tasting notes

Attractive ruby red color and beige colored edges, with tear marks of slow fall. Intense, fresh and suggestive aromas. It opens slowly with light spices and pleasant toast, the fruit of its aging in wood. Once opened, a lot of very ripe red fruit, with a marked cherry, intermingled with intense mineral memories. In the background, we find a wide range of wild herbs of Mediterranean forest. Wide and enveloping. Long and silky texture. Tannins round, very tasty. Long and persistent.

 

Magran 2015: 91 points · Robert M. Parker

 

Torrent  

coupage

100% Carignan

vineyards

The grapes we produce this wine are from a Gratallops farm, located in the Partida Torrent planted in 1969. Orientation east and south. It is a vineyard of 0.84 hectares planted in bush, we bought it when it was abandoned and we have recovered it little by little, cleaning the wood, replanting the shutdowns and putting a wooden woodpecker on each vine to be able to bind and set well the fruit It is a landscape of vineyards, almond trees and olive trees typical of the region.

 

harvest

Manual harvest in boxes of 12 kilos.

 

production

322 bottles of 75 cl.

 

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winemaking

Fermented with a tub of yeast from the winery in a stainless steel tub and macerated with 2 piatges a day until the smooth press on November 14th. The breeding in the new French oak barrels of the Saint Martin house starts on 5 December and for 13 months.

aging

13 months in French oak

 

tasting notes

Dark maroon cherry red wine with violet highlights. Aroma of ripened black fruit and mineral notes. In the mouth it is flavourful, meaty and potent, with ripe and oily tannins. Persistent aftertaste, elegant and well balanced with lovely nuances from the ageing process.

 

licorella

Dark-colored, brittle laminar stones, among which the roots of the strains penetrate in search of moisture, water and nutrients. They are made up of materials from the Paleozoic era, mainly Devonian and Carboniferous slates. The soils are shallow, usually from a single horizon and immediately (about 10-15 cm) is the mother rock. They have a low content of organic matter.