Rotllan Torra Grenache Blend Priorat Tirant 2003
Tirant Lo Blanc was a heroic medieval knight, responding to the feudal chivalry ideals and principles proper to the Middle Age. His heroic deeds range from medieval tournaments to unceasing wars and maids and princesses rescuing. This hero is strong, burly, clever but also refined and elegant; he symbolizes a dark-coloured wine with substance, huge, with structure and richness in tannins, strong and powerful but also subtle, elegant, pleasant and exquisite, it is named Tirant 03. Coupage: 25% selection of old garnacha of 90 year-old coster 25% selection of old cariñena of 90 year-old coster 25% Cabernet Sauvignon 15% Syrah 10% Merlot. The wine will be available in May 2007 and its life expectancy is about 15 years. The elaboration process is described below: At early stage, the vines are taken special care of through yearly technical innovations resulting in higher quality standards while maintaining the craft and family-owned business values. Prior to the fermentation process the crop, harvested on September 25, is quickly conveyed to the cellar where it is meticulously selected. Tirant, requires a long-lasting fermentation, alternating peaks at 27ºC (bouquets extraction) with peaks at 29:C over few hours to get more colour. Basically, the colour extraction (polifenols, tannins) is achieved through a series of daily remontados, to homogenise the upper layer (hat) in the tank with the rest of fermenting wine, under identical conditions. When the fermentation in stainless tanks is over, the liquid softens in a controlled environment from 15 to 30 days. Once this operation is completed, the wine is racked two or three times prior to proceed with the malolactic fermentation in brand new French Troncais oak barrels. After an ultimate racking operation, the wine enters a 12-month-ageing process prior to the final coupage barrel per barrel until the perfect assembly is obtained 16.500 bottles of this particular vintage have been hand-numbered and 1.075 magnum bottles (1.5L.). Tasting Note: Bigarreau cherry with blackberry edging, fruit marmalade flavours, minerals, liquorice, tobacco, toasted, smoky. Clean, tasty, powerful, outstandingly tannic and fruity ending with bay leaf notes, fairly consistent, fresh, vivid and well balanced; with noble woods and lasting and complex ending. Intense retronasal via with chocolate, eucalyptus, thyme and a major fruit-bearing concentration. The wine should be decanted two hours before tasting to grasp thoroughly at its utmost intensity, and serve to 18ºC.
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External Reviews for Rotllan Torra Grenache Blend Priorat Tirant
The 2003 Tirant is a similar blend as the Amadis. Fermented in foudre and aged in French oak for 12 months, it is a more refined version of the Amadis with more complexity and elegance, but nevertheless still a beast of a wine. The purple/black color... Robert Parker's Wine Advocate. A Proprietary Blend wine from Priorat in Spain. 2003 Rotllan Torra Tirant 750ml
The Rotllan Torra winery is housed in a former monastery on a steep hillside in the Priorat region. With its sweet aromas of blue and black fruits, the Tirant, made from old-vine Grenache and Carignan, explodes with power on the palate. It finishes with toasty goodness.