Terroir al Límit Priorat Terra de Cuques Negre 2018


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The Wine

Terra de Cuques Negre is the new name for Terroir al Límit’s formerly named Torroja Vi de Vila(or village wine). This is primarily because Huber wanted to introduce fruit from a variety of villages, not only Torroja. This 2018 is the first release to include fruit from several small vineyards in the cooler, high-altitude terroirs of Poboleda and La Morera, heading northwards towards the Montsant ranges. In spite of the new vineyards, the wine remains an equal split of Cariñena (Carignan) and Garnatxa (Grenache).

At over 350 metres above sea level, the vineyards in question are some of the highest old-vine red sites in Priorat (the youngest vines that provide fruit for this blend are more than 30 years old). Most of the vines sit on llicorella slate soils, except for a portion of the Garnatxa, which is planted on much sparser limestone clay soils. This cuvée is also the beneficiary of any declassified material from TaL’s top vineyards. Made with 100% whole bunches, the grapes were harvested by hand and layered into tank where their weight produced just enough juice to begin fermentation. The wine was raised in a 3,500-litre Stockinger foudre and a variety of concrete tanks for 14 months.

The 2018 kicks off with a generous and complex aroma profile, full of minerals and perfumed red fruits, with an undercurrent of ferrous notes and some garrigue. It’s pretty and poised, with an elegant juiciness and well-integrated tannins presented with a light touch that stretches across the palate with vibrancy and finesse.

The Review 

"It has lots of notes of licorice and Mediterranean herbs, intermixed with ripe berries and very little impact from the oak. The palate is round and reveals abundant grainy tannins. This is a powerful Terra de Cuques." 92+ points, Luis Gutiérrez, The Wine Advocate