Scala Dei Heretge 2017
Scala Dei Heretge rinde homenaje a los viticultores comprometidos con la zona del Priorat, cuyas técnicas de viticultura se remontan a mediados del siglo pasado. Toda una viticultura heroica, de montaña, que aporta carácter a este grandioso vino. Se elabora con la mínima intervención posible para que muestre la peculiaridad del terruño que marca los vinos de pizarra de Priorat. El nombre del vino, Heretge (Hereje) se eligió para seguir con el estilo de nombres de Scala Dei, y ser el único que no estaba creado con Garnacha, "toda una herejía" que va en contra del credo histórico de la bodega.
Viñedo y elaboración
Opinión de los críticos
The second Priorat to impress our judges convincingly enough to win inclusion in our top 50 Best In Show is a pure Carinyena…and surely makes a case for this schist-soiled region in Catalonia to be considered the pre-eminent global terroir for this much-maligned variety. This four-year-old wine is still dark black-purple in colour, with typically arresting sour-sweet Carinyena fruits lifting from the glass and evoking a wilderness landscape by their very wildness, as if pounded with stems on stones. The wine is almost medicinally intense in the mouth and once again offers a striking tutorial in the beauty of mingling sour and sweet; there is ample fine-grained tannic texture, and sweeping raptor-like acidity. It might all lack harmony -- but it doesn’t: the overall effect in the mouth is shapely, assured. Fine wine in dramatic style.
The odd one out is the 2017 Heretge, as it's a red produced with Cariñena grapes (all the others are Garnacha or a majority of Garnacha). It does represent the variety quite well and is very different from the others, with a slightly darker color and a broader palate with a rustic touch reminiscent of the dusty roads of Priorat, some tree bark and ripe fruit but without excess. It has fine-grained tannins and a dusty finish, tasty and mineral. 2,800 bottles were filled in June 2019.
A juicy, fruity red with plenty of fruit and slate undertones. It’s full-bodied, dense and tight with focus and form. Plenty of dark fruit at the finish. Drinkable now, but better in a year or two.