Parés Baltà - Hisenda Miret Garnatxa 2017
Producer: Parés Baltà
Wine name: Hisenda Miret Garnatxa
ABV: 15.0

This may be a Grenache (aka Garnatxa in Catalan) on steroids, but by golly it’s wonderful stuff! Knock yourself out with the nose – it’s a superb billowy raspberry, crushed rocks and violets affair. Then the acidity hits – yes, the alcohol is high but this is so lively and fresh, it works. The fruit feels almost lean on the palate, with crunchy tannins and sour cherry notes. Underneath it all there’s a solid structure of wood smoked tannins.

Green harvesting (thinning out the bunches in early summer) played a role in the concentration here (Yields were reduced by 50%), which allowed fruit from the old Cal Miret estate to be redeployed from making a rosé, to this. Quite a dramatic change!

Still a baby, but so exciting, crammed with varietal character, vivaciousness and power.
Cellar this, if you can, to at least 2022. And if you must drink it right now, chill it down a bit- that might sound counter-intuitive, but the fruit expression deserves to be experienced just a bit cooler (12 – 14C would be about right IMO).

This is bargain priced for the quality on offer. €23.50 from the producer’s online shop. So go buy.

(by the way, this is totally not a sponsored post. I just love this wine)