Mas Martinet - Priorat 'Clos Martinet' 2018


Clos Martinet is the wine of the home estate of Mas Martinet, just above the river as one winds from Falset towards Gratallops. Clos Martinet, originally owned and run by Josep Lluis Perez, was one of 'los Closos', the group which settled in Priorat and worked together from 1989 to re-envision and re-envigorate Priorat wine production. Nowadays, Josep Lluis' daughter, Sara Perez, is responsible for the day-to-day running of Mas Martinet. 

Forward and elegant wine with an attractive and fruity nose. Full-bodied, smooth palate of deep rounded flavors, nicely noticeable minerality with ripe fruit and spicy notes. Excellent length.

"The flagship 2018 Clos Martinet is the wine that started it all and is still a blend of Garnacha (Tinta and Peluda), Syrah, Cariñena, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Monastrell as it was since the beginning but now with a restrained 13.5% alcohol and higher acidity. Clos Martinet is a single five-hectare terraced vineyard planted with clonal material in 1986 on decomposed llicorella slate, iron and big rocks in the soil. The varieties are co-fermented depending on the date picked—at three different ripening times—in two concrete vats and 200-liter oak vats with indigenous yeast and whole clusters. The beginning and end of the élevage was in concrete, and in between they used 2,000- and 4,100-liter oak vats and some 20% in glass demijohn and amphorae. The wine is subtle and a bit shy, insinuating rather than in your face. There is a lot less ripeness than in the past. It's medium-bodied and fluid, fresh and balanced. This is a very elegant Clos Martinet. 11,070 bottles and some larger formats produced. It was bottled in June 2020." - 96 points, Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

"Brilliant ruby. A highly perfumed bouquet features fresh red and blue fruits, exotic spices and smoky minerals, and a suave floral topnote builds with air. Stains the palate with sweet, spice-laced black raspberry, cherry cola, star anise and floral pastille flavors braced by a spine of juicy acidity. Shows superb clarity and mineral thrust on the long, floral-dominated finish, which is given shape and grip by fine-grained, polished tannins." - 96 points, Josh Raynolds Vinous

Producer: Mas Martinet

Country: Spain

Region: Catalonia

Varietal: Garnacha, Syrah, Carignan, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon

Appellation: Priorat

Vintage: 2018

Size: 750ml