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Priorat, Nin-Ortiz Nit de Nin 2013 - Organic & Biodynamic


Nit de Nin is a famous name in Priorat.

This wine is made by Ester Nin, whose day job is being ‘the right hand’ of Daphne Glorian of Clos I Terrasses.

Ester bought a tiny parcel (less than 3 acres) of old vines on the steepest hillside slopes above the village of Porrera.

Nit de Nin is made using biodynamic techniques. The vineyards are old (around 80-100 years old) and the vineyard is one of the highest in Priorat. The soils are the famous licorella schist. Around 3 barrels are made each year from 60% Garnacha and 40% Carignan.

This wine is a blockbuster in every sense... powerful, velvety, packed full of dark fruit, cigar. It is concentrated and yet maintains finesse. 

This is something special.

I would have this without food myself. Perhaps keep a few nuts and pieces of your favourite cheese in front of you... and spend all evening with this beauty! 

Vinous gives this wine 94/100 (2012):

"Dark ruby. Exotically perfumed bouquet evokes red berry liqueur, incense, apricot and smoky Indian spices. Ripe and expansive on the palate, offering sweet black raspberry and floral pastille flavors and a jolt of peppery spices. Closes on a sexy lavender note, with supple tannins providing shape and melding smoothly with the wine's lush fruit."

Origin Gratallops, Priorat, Spain
Grape Variety Grenache, Carignan
Aromas Red berry, cedar, incense, stone fruits
Palate Silky, big, firm tannins, spice, dark fruit, chocolate
Alcohol 15%
Drink 2017-2032
Serving Temp 18c
Yes, 2-3 hours before drinking.


The grapes are hand harvested and whole bunches are fermented, using only wild yeast. Following fermentation the wine undergoes four weeks of maceration on the skins. The maturation process takes 18 months in French oak barrels and foudres, and the wine is finally bottled by gravity and unfiltered.


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