Grenache, Carignan, Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah
The Costers Del Priorart Bodegas is located in a mountainous region around the town of Bellmut de Priorat in Catalonia. The area has many terraces which requires hand-harvesting and a lot of manual labour. The Bodegas is comprised of 20 hectares of biodynamically farmed red grape varietals and the vines range from 10 to 18-years-old. The region also gets a tiny amount of rainfall which makes the vines struggle in the slate-focused soil, giving a large mineral element to all of their wines. The Elios is comprised of 55% Grenache, 35% Carignan, 9% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 1% Syrah. Each variety undergoes cold maceration for 30 days followed by ten months in new French oak barrels. At 2011 it is young and we do recommend at least another year for aging, but can be consumed today. Drink by the end of 2016.
A very deep ruby. You can expect more garnet in the glass as the wine ages.
The wine smells fresh, pure and concentrated with clean mineral and floral tones.
Juicy fruits of strawberry and plum. Medium bodied with plenty of minerality and stony soil present for a red wine. The finish leaves memories of currant and raisin wrapped in soft tannins.
Pairs well with red meat, but the mineral elements make it more nuanced. We paired the photographed 2010 vintage with gruyere infused hamburgers with chopped red onions, tomatoes and pickles.