Mas Martinet Clos Martinet 2016
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. As well as the original farm, there are 3 single vineyards (one of which was planted by Sara herself), and in total 22 hectares of organic viticulture. The vineyards are dominated by local varieties, Garnatxa and Garnatxa Peluda, and Caranyena. There is also (a reducing) residual of French genetics planted, mainly Syrah, with Merlot and Cabernet, planted from 1990 by Josep Luis. All wines used wild yeast fermentations and the estate is moving away from 'scientific' winemaking to holistic, natural precepts. Grape varieties are fermented together after de-stemming, although often Sara adds back a portion of Garnatxa stems. Ageing is mainly in foudre, rather than barrique, with some clay used to counter oak.
Mas Martinet produces the 2019 Clos Martinet , a red wine from Priorat that is made of garnacha tinta, merlot, monastrell, grenache, carignan and cabernet sauvignon of 2019 and presents an alcohol content of 14.5%. The flagship, multi-grape blend 2016 Clos Martinet is mostly Garnacha with Syrah, Cariñena and a little Cabernet and Merlot. The Mas Martinet vineyard is at 200-225 meters altitude on a very sheltered, quite warm site where they have no problems with winds, hail or frost. The nose is a mix of wet slate, spices and earth combined with red and black fruit in the background. 2016 seems like a great vintage for Clos Martinet; there is great depth and very good complexity all in harmony. Earthy and serious, this is a Priorat with great balance that will develop in bottle.
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