On a chilly or wintery day, the chances of picking a rich and textured red wine are higher than usual. Amongst the different grapes that might come to the making of those wines, Malbec and Shiraz are guaranteed a preferential slot.
Josep Serra and his family, found some old vineyards of Shiraz and Carignan up in the hills of Emporda, next to the Pyrenees and overlooking the Mediterranean sea. Surrounded by breathtaking scenery, he makes wines with intense character and silkiness. Heus Shiraz is one of his recent launches providing an approachable wine that delights with its savoury fruit and smooth palate.
Negre de Folls is the opera prima of Marta Pedra, an adventurous winemaker in Conca de Barbera. This is the region where some of the best Catalan brunches can be found, with locally made sausages, braised tripe, stewed octopus and salted cod casserole. Locals are not shy to match them with the local wines on Saturday and Sunday morning and looking at Negre de Folls we can see why. Negre de Folls, “Fools’ red wine” is a ravishing entry ticket to the velvety and textured red wines that match sharing dishes.
L’interrogant, “the unknown answer”, is the field blend of Clos 93, the smallest winery in Priorat, one of the smallest wine regions in Catalunya; a rare find that we treasure even if strictly limited in availability. Think inky looking red with loads of dark fruit and supple quality.