TERRA ALTA - SPAIN
“Some vines, three women, one winery…” - Carmen Ferrer, Barbara Fores
Founded by Barbara Fores more than 100 years ago, the estate was taken over in 2014 by Pili Sanmartín Ferrer - the sixth generation of the family. Pili and her mother, Carmen Ferrer, promote a dialogue of wine with the arts, the landscape and the everyday order of things. With the passing of generations, they have learnt to value both the history and the potential of the region, the dignity of working the land and the importance of the landscape in their everyday lives. Or, as they put it, ‘we are blindly committed to the land we inhabit’.
El Templari Morenillo-Garnacha 2012
This is probably the only wine in the world made from a blend of Grenache and Morenillo, a local red variety that some years ago was on the brink of extinction and was rediscovered by Bàrbara Forés. The Morenillo grape, which is perfectly adapted to the harsh climatic conditions of Terra Alta, produces aromatic wines with a supple body, light colour and very good acidity. These wines are not overpowering, but gentle and mild. So, in a way this is rebuilding an connection to the land that was somehow severed over the course of time. This aim is also symbolised in the name of the wine, a reference to the Templar knights that inhabited the region many centuries ago.
As for the winemaking process of Bàrbara Forés El Templari 2016, the grapes were handpicked and separately vinified in stainless steel tanks. The process lasted 35 days for the Morenillo, and 28 for the Grenache. Before its bottling, the wine was aged for 13 months in French oak barrels from Allier.
Coma d’En Pou Cabernet Sauvignon-Garnacha-Syrah 2010
94 points, Wine Advocate, February 2014 -“The 2010 Com d’En Pou’s extremely balsamic nose jumps out of the glass with aromas of dried herbs and spices that remind me of vermouth over a core of ripe red fruits with a great sense of harmony and elegance. It is produced with a blend of 55% Garnacha complemented with Syrah and Cabernet Sauvignon and aged in 400-litre French oak barrels. It feels like the bigger volume oak containers are the way to go in warmer Mediterranean climates, as the oak seems to be perfectly integrated into the wine. It’s hard to believe the wine is 15% alcohol, as it drinks extremely well, it’s refreshing and the tannins are round and velvety. A great elegant Mediterranean red.”