Planella, Cellers Joan D'Anguera, Monsant, Spain 2014
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Family owned – trailblazer – biodynamic
Joseph d'Anguera is acknowledged by many as the man who introduced Syrah to this region. Since his death, his sons Joan and Josep have taken over the running of the estate, gradually putting their own stamp on production.
This process has led to numerous developments. One is the conversion to biodynamics: the 2012 vintage was the first to be certified by Demeter. Others include the introduction of techniques such as crushing by foot and de-stemming only partially. There are also changes in ageing vessels: the use of new wood is being dramatically reduced in favour of old barrells, foudres and cement tanks. The brothers are focusing less on Syrah and more on Garnacha (or "Garnatxa", the old Catalan name for the grape), a grape with a longer history in the region.
The palate is mouth filling, mouth coating and wondrously smooth. The texture is very seductive, as is the intense ripe fruit, blackberry, mulberry and nuggets of raspberry and cherry. Savoury, spicy, smoky characters balance the fruit, together with a light touch of spicy oak and a seam of slatey minerality. The tannins are very smooth and ripe, adding to that seductive, sumptuous feel.