The philosophy to create this wine is based on the beautiful wisdom of the ancient vineyards of native varieties and also the tradition of the ancient vine growers. This wine is the result of a romantic selection of old vineyards of 60-80 year old, which produce really low yield. This scarce fruit is full of expressivity and singularity.
This wine is a tribute to these ancient vineyards. It is thanks to their work and suffering that the creation of superb wines like Braó is possible.
Braó was a word very used in the past in the countryside areas and means “valor, courage, strength”. This is what I feel from these vineyards when I see they are still here after 70 or 80 years, fighting against everything to offer their scarce and unique fruit.
Wine made from 60-80 year old vineyards of Garnatxa and Samso (Carignan) from 3 different states of Marçà, Capçanes Serra d’Almos, El Masroig, Cornudella de Montsant and Siurana located close to the beautiful Montsant Mountain. The altitude of the vineyards is from 300 to 700 meters.
There is harsh and barren stony sand with clay soils and rolling stones. The wine is the result of 45% Garnatxa which gives fragrance, fruitiness and complexity to the wine and 55% Samsó (Carignan) which gives color, body and some ripe red fruit flavors.
Harvesting the grape when it is fully ripe and has achieved the complete tannin ripeness. Harvest by hand, picking the grape up in 20 kg. cases. Selection by hand in the vineyard and loaded to the de-stemming machine in the cellar. Then 15 days of maceration with the skin with several “pigeage “every day. Pressed using a small vertical wooden pressing machine. After pressing the wine is racked with its lees to the barrels, which are in the underground old tanks to start the malolactic fermentation. Aged during 13 months in new and 1 year old low toasted French oak barrels. No fining neither filtering to keep the natural expressivity of the wine.
Natural label where there is a drawing of the old vines or the crystals of the minerality of the wine, depending on the acoustic feeling of oneself.
Complexity and elegance. It has a generous bouquet of mineral, chalky aromas and hints of balsamic notes. The palate is rich, deep, with succulent red currant and wild strawberry fruit. The tannins are rounded and sensual with a comfit-like finish that is irresistible. Superb, long after taste.