Clos de l’Obac Winery Guide
Clos de l’Obac Winery, or Costers del Siurana, is a renowned Priorat wine brand. Led by the visionary Carles Pastrana, this winery is situated in the picturesque wine village of Gratallops, adjacent to Rene Barbier’s Clos Mogador. Carles Pastrana is passionate about his wines and regarded as one of Spain’s most charismatic wine personalities. Alongside Alvaro Palacios, Rene Barbier, and Josep Lluis Perez, Carles Pastrana was among the first to recognize the immense potential of Priorat as a wine region in the 1980s. However, his family had been in the region since the 1970s, exploring old vines and experimenting with viticulture.
Inspired by the unique combination of topography, soil, climate, and a thousand-year-old winemaking tradition, the founding families embarked on a project to revive the spirit of the old Carthusian oenologists. They diligently reconstructed the steep, slatey terraces, cleared stones by hand, repaired walls, and built access paths. As a result, the vineyards were rejuvenated, particularly the old Garnacha, Tempranillo, and Cariñena vines, some of which were over fifty years old; additionally, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Syrah were introduced.
The inaugural vintage of Clos de l’Obac was in 1989, followed by Miserere in 1990 and Dolç de l’Obac in 1991. Wine professionals worldwide have since acknowledged the greatness of this Priorat wine family. The winery remains committed to producing the finest wines using exclusively their own grapes. Their continuous endeavor is to enhance their products, aiming for complexity, balance, harmony, and grace, which have garnered international acclaim.
The vineyards of Clos de l’Obac and their other brands, Miserere, Kyrie, and the elixir sweet red Dolç de l’Obac, are spread across various parcels. Notably, the expansive Mas d’En Bruno estate, featuring a 13th-century villa, holds one of the largest parcels and has been home to working vineyards for centuries. The vineyards thrive in this challenging landscape due to fertile soil and a microclimate created by the impressive Montsant mountains. Rising 1,166 meters high, these mountains act as a natural barrier, controlling the temperature in the area and protecting it from harsh weather from the north. The interplay of these elements, including the climate, mountains, and slate soil, plays a crucial role in imparting the distinctive character to Priorat wine. The winery in Gratallops is a small, intimate space boasting a delightful tasting room for visitors to enjoy. Carlos is usually around to share a story 0r two, washed down with a glass of his finest.
MiserereDry 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'ObacDry 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'ObacSweet 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.
KyrieDry 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".
Facts & Figures
Area under Vine
1,500 ha, 50 ha own estate vineyards
Age of vines
10-100 year old vines, "En Vaso" and "Cordon Royat" pruning methods
Oak barrel origin
Isidre Sanahujes and Joan Jarque
Pastrana & Jarque
60,000 bottles p/a
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
Grape Varieties Used by the Winery
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Cartuxá is a red grape variety that is highly esteemed for its contribution to producing exceptional wines. Also known as Carthusian or Cartoixa, this grape is primarily grown in the prestigious wine region of Priorat in Catalonia, Spain. It is believed to have originated from the ancient Carthusian monastery, which played a significant role in the region's winemaking history.
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