terroir al limit dominik huber priorat torroja terroir sense fronteres pro wein montsant spain dits del terra
terroir al limit dominik huber priorat torroja terroir sense fronteres pro wein montsant spain dits del terra

DITS DEL TERRA VI DE COSTER

Southern-facing vineyards in the sun-baked slate hills of Priorat and 60+ year old carignan vines are not usually harbingers of floral elegance and silken grace. And yet this gap between expectation and stunning creation is precisely what makes Dits de Terra so iconic. The vineyard, one of the original Terroir Al Limit holdings, honors the Cyprus trees that shade the historic Ermitas throughout the region. It is crafted using whole bunch fermentation and initial vinification in cement, then afforded a rare gift: time, in the form of 16 months in Stockinger foudres and cement, with a gentle and unobtrusive elevage.

This care and attention elevates it into a fine, complex and fluid expression of different terroirs. The dark depths in the glass belie its ephemeral lightness in aroma and flavor. Breathy black fruits and a persistent herbality enhance the supple spice and suspended movement across the palate. Anise, fresh fennel and rose notes are underscored with a fluid web of balsamic accents - never weighty nor wide. The wine exudes gravitas with the elegant confidence that comes only from complete comfort in one’s own skin.  
Location Torroja del Priorat
Age 60 years old
Altitude 400 meters
Varieties 100% Carignan
Soils slate
Production 2,000 bottles
Yield 1,500 kg per hectare
Alcohol 13,5%
Location Torroja del Priorat
Age 60 years old
Altitude 400 meters
Varieties 100% Carignan
Soils slate
Production 2,000 bottles
Yield 1,500 kg per hectare
Alcohol 13,5%
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After several years experimenting with different casks, sizes and producers, we now work with a combination of 500-litre barrels and different sizes of Stockinger, thus guaranteeing the most respectful elevage to allow the wine to rest before early bottling. We prefer bottling the wines in a rather reductive state with some hints of gas and lots of life. This means they are very fresh and vital when put into the bottle, resulting in a fresh, straightforward wine which is tight and has lots of tension.
Reviewed by Luis Gutiérrez | The Wine Advocat

The 2015 Dits del Terra has a beautiful nose that is very elegant and perfumed, with floral aromas and a clear mineral note from early on. This is a slightly warmer vineyard (the one originally worked by Eben Sadie); but the balance is amazing here, and there is no heat. The foudres are also a little older—six years old—and therefore are quite neutral, and the wines age nicely in them.

The quality and refinement of the tannins is surprising—they provide for a velvety texture, and there is a liveliness on the palate that only the best wines can achieve, especially with a rustic grape grown in a rustic place and in a warm vineyard. In this 2015, the Cariñena is just as fresh (maybe even fresher!) as it is in the Arbossar. Bravo!

At the end of the day, both showed a similar quality level. For proprietor Dominik Huber, it’s clear that Cariñena is the grape for the warmer places on slate soils. 4,600 bottles were filled in May 2017.