Profile of Clos de l'Obac Winery

Clos de l'Obac, Priorat - Spain

Although the official name of the winery is Costers del Siurana, it is principally known by its famed Priorat wine brand, Clos de l'Obac. Clos de l'Obac is a powerful red wine, made with a blend of five grape varieties, and with grapes from fifty year old Garnacha and Cariñena vines. This leading winery is located in the pretty wine village of Gratallops, right next to Rene Barbier's Clos Mogador. Clos de l'Obac is run by the visionary Carles Pastrana. Carles Pastrana is passionate about his wines and he is one of the most charming wine personalities in Spain. Carles is credited with being one of the first in the region, along with Alvaro Palacios, Rene Barbier and Josep Lluis Perez, to realize the enormous potential of Priorat as a wine region. This was in the 1980's. However, Carles Pastrana's family was already in the region in the '70's, discovering old vines and doing experimental viticulture.

"Recognising an unusual combination of topography, soil and climate, a unique "terroir", and a one thousand year old wine-making tradition, the founding families started a project to re-awaken the spirit of the old Carthusian oenologists, by rebuilding the steep, slatey terraces and replanting the vines. The old vineyard slopes were surveyed, the walls were repaired, the stones were cleared by hand, access paths were built. We resuscitated the old Garnacha, Tempranillo and Cariñena vines, especially the latter, some of which were over fifty years old. We introduced the Cabernet Sauvignon, the Merlot and the Syrah.. The first vintage of Clos de l'Obac was that of 1989. Miserere was born in 1990 and Dolç de l'Obac in 1991. Since then, wine professionals from all over the world have been recognising the greatness of this family of Priorat wines. We shall continue to strive to produce the finest wines from our land; we use only our own grapes. It is our aim to go on improving our products, to achieve the complexity, the balance, the harmony, the grace which define them and which have earned such international fame for the wines of COSTERS DEL SIURANA- Carles Pastrana"

The vineyards of Clos de l'Obac and the other brands, Miserere, Kyrie and the elixir sweet red Dolç de l'Obac, are spread out over various parcels. The beautiful Mas d'En Bruno estate, one of the biggest parcels, boasts a 13th century villa surrounded by land that has had working vineyards for literally hundreds of years. The Mas (Catalan word for big country estate, mansion or villa) is currently being restored by the Pastrana Jarque family. The winery, in Gratallops, is tiny, spotlessly clean and has a lovely tasting room.

Wine Spectator

Priorat Dolç de L'Obac 2001- "Like a chocolate-covered cherry, this red is sweet and fresh at once, with lively fruit, round tannins and enough acidity to keep it lively. Not for dinner, but a nice match with chocolate desserts. Drink now through 2009. 500 cases imported."

Wines Produced

Miserere Dry Red. Blend of 27% Garnacha, 10% Cariñena, 27% Cabernet Sauvignon, 27% Tempranillo and 10% Syrah, made with vines from the 80ha estate of "El Mas d'en Bruno", 14.5% alc. Extensive aging in French oak.
Clos de l'Obac Dry Red. Blend of 35% Garnacha, 35% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Syrah, 10% Merlot and 10% Cariñena. Made with vines from the following estates: Planassos, Les Comes, Vinya Gran, La Vaca, Guinarderes, el Camí de Lloà, la Capella and el Bellvís. 12 months in new French oak.
Dolç de l'Obac Sweet Red. Blend of Garnacha tinta, Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah. Made with grapes from an exclusive 1 hectare vineyard "El Camp dels Espills", a small property located at the bottom of the "Barranc de l'Abadia" valley. The unique microclimate allows the grapes to become fully ripe without any danger of botrytis.The fermentation and a long maceration both take place in new, French oak. 16% alc.
Kyrie Dry White. Blend of 35% Garnacha blanca, 35% Macabeo, 30% Xarel.lo and 5%Moscatel de Alexandría. This exquisite wine is cask fermented and aged for 6 months in new French oak. 14% alc. White wine to lay down. As only 3,500 bottles are made, this wine is definitely for collectors. Anecdote: The name "Kyrie" is old Greek for "God"

Winery Facts & Figures

D.O.: Priorat/ Priorato
Founded: 1987
Owner: Pastrana & Jarque
Winemaker: Isidre Sanahujes and Joan Jarque
Area under Vine: 1,500 ha, 50 ha own estate vineyards
Oak: 200 French barrels
Vine Training: "Espalier" and Free standing
Age of Vines: 10-100 year old vines, "En Vaso" and "Cordon Royat" pruning methods
Grape Varietals: Garnacha Tinta (Grenache Noir), Cabernet Sauvignon, Cariñena (Carignan), Ull de Llebre (Tempranillo), Syrah, Merlot, Garnacha Blanca (Grenache Blanc), Cartuxá , Macabeo, Xarel.lo, Moscatel de Alexandría
Soil: Slate ("llicorella")
Harvest: By hand, in 20 kilo boxes

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