Marco Abella | Priorat, Spain
Autumn is a wonderful time of year, and as the nights draw in, I gain great pleasure in seeking out wines that offer opulence and cheerfulness, whilst reflecting the new flavours of the season. Put simply, these are wines that are best enjoyed around a roaring fire. Truly exhilarating, indulgent, and gratifying.
Fitting that mould wonderfully are the ethereal wines of Marco Abella, which are brand new to Caviste.
Situated in Priorat, Spain, vines are biodynamically grown on terraces at an altitude of between 200 and 1500m. By all accounts vines have no right to grow here. Poor soil is characterised by the presence of slate known as “licorella”, which means the vines must fight tooth and nail to survive.
Producing opulent, hand-harvested fruit with high emphasis on grape selection is the norm here.
Marco Abella Loidana Tinto is my pick of the range. A thoughtful blend of Grenache Noir, Carignan and Cabernet Sauvignon. Notes of black & red fruits are most abundant, with warming Mediterranean spice lingering in the periphery. A true hug in a glass.