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Viticola Sileo Montsant Tinto


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Vintage: 2019
Region: Montsant, Catalunya, Spain
Viticulture: Organic
Grape varieties: Grenache and Carignan

Viticola Sileo Montsant Tinto Sileo is a blend of 80% Grenache and 20% Carignan. This red brings lots of fruit like cherry and raspberry.

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About Viticola Sileo Montsant Tinto

Viticola Sileo Montsant Tinto Sileo is a blend of 80% Grenache and 20% Carignan. It is hand-picked and spends 9 months in 500-litre oak barrels fermenting. In the mouth, it will bring lots of fresh red and black fruit like black cherry and raspberry. There is a good element of baking spices and even a touch of meatiness to the wine which comes from the blending of Carignan.

About Viticola Sileo

Sileo is a project by Agusti Torrelo from AT Roca who lives in Catalonia in Spain. Their main vineyards are located in Penedes where he focuses on predominantly white wines and Cava. Sileo vines are located in the DO Montsant just outside of Falset. It is here Agusti and his son (Agusti II) have crafted a unique wine from the blend of Grenache and Carignan grapes from old vines.

About Montsant

Montsant is a wine region in Catalonia, northern Spain. The gently undulating area was formerly categorized as a viticultural sub-zone of Tarragona, but local growers felt the high-altitude vineyards here earned the region recognition as a DO in their own right. As a result, the Montsant DO was created in 2001, its name taken from the Montsant massif (‘holy mountain’) that dominates the region’s landscape.

Montsant lies west of Tarragona city and forms a ‘C’ shape that almost completely surrounds the prestigious Priorat region. Vines were first introduced to the area by the Romans thousands of years ago, and Catholic monks continued the viticultural tradition during the Middle Ages. By the 19th Century, wines from Montsant were receiving praise at universal exhibitions.

The topography of Montsant is highly varied, with the most prized vineyards located in terraces on steeply sloping sites, often interspersed with pine, almond, and olive trees at altitudes between 50 and 700 meters (164 and 2,296 ft) above sea level. The average altitude of the zone is 360 meters (1,180ft) above sea level, rising steadily in the northwest and southeast as it approaches the Montsant and Montsalt mountains respectively.

Vines benefit from intense Mediterranean sunshine during the day and relatively cool temperatures at night. This high diurnal temperature variation assists in the development of complex aromas in the grapes while preserving vital acidity. The soil is a local specialty known as ‘llicorella’, which is high in granite and slate components. Together, these growing conditions result in the region’s wines being concentrated and expressive of the local terroir.

Montsant has earned a reputation for its high-quality red wines, particularly those based on old Garnacha and Carinena (Carignan) vines. Ull de Llebre (Tempranillo), Spain’s darling, and international varieties such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Syrah also perform very well here. Most red wines are typically intended for aging and exhibit velvety textures even after a short time in oak. The old vines offer particularly complex examples.