Bodegas Mas Alta, based in the Priorat village of Vilella Alta, is a partnership of five Belgian families. The wine is made under consultation of two lords of the CdP scene – Michel Tardieu (of Tardieu-Laurent fame) and Philippe Cambie (geez, where do I even start? Clos St Jean, Senechaux, Vieux Donjon, Domaine de Villeneuve.. Have a look at his awesome CdP influence here). Els Pics is made from younger vines with 45% of the fruit coming from valley floors. The 2009 vintage is a blend of 60% Grenache, 35% Carignan, and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon with 12 months in seasoned French oak.
$20 from Nick’s Doncaster. Current vintage 2010 but sold out. Wait in anticipation for the next release! The 2009 Els Pics has med+ – intensely coloured ruby-purple colour. Lifted, rounded aromatic profile with floral notes of raspberry, red berries, ripe cherry, sweet spice and cedar. An easy-drinking, med+bodied dry red wine, high acidity with a smooth texture. The tannins are soft but ripe. Rich flavours of dark red berry fruit with perfumed spice. Pleasant aftertaste, a great BBQ wine with roasted rosemary and lamb. Drink over next 3-5 years. 89/100.