terroir al limit dominik huber priorat torroja terroir sense fronteres pro wein montsant spain arbossar
terroir al limit dominik huber priorat torroja terroir sense fronteres pro wein montsant spain arbossar

LES TOSSES VI D’ALTURA

Nothing ever compares with your first love. Especially when that love began through fate, a stolen glimpse through the trees. Might it have been destiny that steered Dominik Huber and his motorbike through the twisting and mountainous dirt roads to the tiny, 2-ha Les Tosses plot? At 600 meters of elevation, this grand cru vineyard is not only the highest in the Torroja del Priorat village, but also the first (2003) in the Terroir Al Limit collection. It is the Matterhorn of winemaking, a challenge that must be attempted simply because it is there: 80-year-old carignan vines, steep black slate slopes, blazing southwestern exposition. It was also love at first sight. Inspired by a cellar approach from the far-flung cool and fog-laden Burgundy hills, this wine is hand harvested, with whole cluster native fermentation, skin-kissed for two weeks, and then aged for 16 months in 1200l Stockinger fuder for 16 months.

Like the dusty, sun baked hills of  Torroja in which it grows, there is a rugged, raw power to this wine. Opulent black fruits and rich aromas of smoke and spice swirl in the nearly black depths of the glass. Despite the initial hint of brawn, a serious, thoughtful character emerges with a bright, taut acidity and incredible momentum. Each sip becomes a mesmerizing whirlwind of the delicious power and energy, intensity and beauty that accompany any true infatuation.
Location Torroja del Priorat
Age 72 years old
Altitude 600 meters
Varieties 100% Carignan
Soils
Black slate
Production 2,700 bottles
Yield 1,500 kg per hectare
Alcohol 14%
Location Torroja del Priorat
Age 72 years old
Altitude 600 meters
Varieties 100% Carignan
Soils
Black slate
Production 2,700 bottles
Yield 1,500 kg per hectare
Alcohol 14%
  • ELEVAGE
  • REVIEW
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

I often find more similarities between Les Tosses and Dits del Terra than with the Arbossar. However, this time I found common characteristics between the 2015 Les Tosses and the Arbossar from the same year.

Both show graphite and licorice, which speaks to the freshness achieved by this southeast-facing slope planted with centenary vines. It’s musky, spiced and floral, with notes of blue fruit and violets, a touch of balsam, ash and incense along with really refined tannins with intense, penetrating and long-lasting flavors.

It’s clean, pure and delicate but also powerful and concentrated. 1,600 bottles were filled in May 2017.