Off to Catalonia Spain we go to the Terra Alta in the province of Tarragona with two wines from Celler Alimara, the Llumi Blanc and Negre, originating from an area where Garnacha (both white and red) reign supreme.
I decided to feature these wines with family and friends with an online Zoom tasting (sign of the times these days I’m afraid) but it turned out to be a fabulous evening in which we all got to try these two wines from Celler Alimara. Before I get into the tasting I must give a shout out to the website ‘Buy Catalan Wines‘ who I purchased the wines from for their faultless set up, service and communication, my bottles arrived really quickly and safely the next day, so well done guys!
Right, on to the wines starting with the white, we all took our bottles out of the fridge around twenty minutes or so before to give the flavours a chance to really shine.
Llumi (Terra Alta) Blanc 2017
Made from white Grenache 55% and Macabeu (aka Viura) 45% from old vines, the first thing that struck was there was a lightness on the nose which was all about zesty citrus fruits, mainly lemon and limes, linger for long enough there was a slight whiff of pears. Taste wise, again those citrus fruits were prominent but there was a lovely fresh and bright streak of minerality. Along with a medium acidity what struck me was a hint of creaminess and the finish was nice and long. Flavour changed as the glass warmed up, becoming more intense which really appealed, although we drank this without food I think it would come into its element eating any seafood or chicken dishes. I really enjoyed it, as did the others but don’t overchill it.
We all lingered over this wine, which was a good sign and can’t wait to drink this again sitting outside in the sunshine sharing it with others, as more people need to taste this wine.
Llumi (Terra Alta) Negre 2018
Made with Grenache 47%, Carignan 47% and Hairy Grenache 6%, Hairy Grenache I hear you cry !! what’s that? well, it’s a clone with particularly hairy leaves which acts as a defence mechanism from excessive heat and drought. It generally has a lower alcohol content and it’s lighter in flavour.
Lots of summer red forest fruits on the nose, berries and plums a plenty with a hint of pine needles. taking a sip intense red fruits is what first hits you, along with a lively acidity finishing with liquorice and some spice. Although it has 14% abv it didn’t feel like it and ended up being a little too easy to drink.
This really was a delight and can take a little bit of chilling (20 mins or so in fridge), which we did and to it’s benefit. Everyone enjoyed this and again we took our time drinking and savouring it.
In summary it was a brilliant evenings tasting, If there had to be a winner the red just shaded it but not a lot in it. So thanks to the guys at Celler Alimara for producing these lovely wines.
NB : I also got a couple of bottles of their Rosat (Rosé) which I’m looking forward to tasting sometime soon and I will report back when I do.