Nin-Ortiz is Ester Nin (viticulturist for Daphne Glorian’s Clos Erasmus) and Carles Ortiz (grape grower), who met and merged there vinous interests to create one of Priorat’s most interesting domaines. They also make two wines from Penedès, where Nin hails from. She has vineyards from her family there, and has also planted grapes. This is one of the two Penedès wines they produce, and it’s fabulous.
Familia Nin-Ortiz Selma de Nin Finca La Sinia 2016 Vi de Tabula, Spain
12.5% alcohol. This is from Penedes, and it’s a blend of Roussanne (25%), Marsanne (25%), Chenin Blanc (25%) and Perellada Montonega (25%), from clay/limestone soils at 700 m. Aged in 300 litre barrels for 8-9 months, then aged in bottle before release. Wonderfully edgy aromatics of burnt match/struck flint, with some oily hints and some smoke, as wsell as generous citrus fruit. The palate has this lovely combination of rich, textured, sweet pear and peach fruit but also some nice lemony freshness and this amazing framing of minerals and spice. Such a remarkable wine: a paradox. Rich but fresh, mineral but succulent. 95/100
Here’s a video of me tasting the wine:
UK agent: Indigo Wine/ US agent: European Cellars
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