2018 Josep Grau ‘L'Efecte Volador'
Made from Garnacha, Samsó (Cariñena), Syrah and a small amount of Cabernet Sauvignon, grown on llicorella (slate) and decomposed granite soils. Vines average between 30 and 50 years old. Aging is 50% in light-toast French oak and 50% in lined concrete. Volador is the pure essence of fruit, of Garnacha, of Montsant. Vivid ruby-red. Aromas of dried cherry, smoked meat and white pepper, with a subtle touch of minerality emerging as the wine opens up. Juicy and taut, the palate displays bitter cherry and rhubarb flavors and a sweetening floral pastille nuance. Closes with good tangy cut, gentle tannic grip, and a lingering cherry pit note.
Josep Grau Viticultor is a family project located in the municipality of Marçà in the D.O. Montsant. Josep Grau is the winemaker and owner of the winery and currently oversees 26 hectares of vineyards. From pruning to the harvest, all the labor in the vineyards is done by hand. The viticulture is organic, and herbicide and pesticide free. The winery works with indigenous yeasts and minimum levels of sulfites, to ensure the maximum protection of the wine. 90% of fermentation takes place in cement tanks, while the rest takes place in stainless steel and oak.