Melis Elix 2015
Torroja del Priorat
Style: Red Priorat “Village Wine”
Oak: 15 months French Burgundy Allier & Nevers barrels
Varietals: 45% Grenache, 35% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Carignan
Package: 15.5% vol. - 750 ml
No added sulfites
Winemaking: In addition to a vineyard sorting, clusters were selected by hand in the cellar, where were gently destemmed, jack-stems removed by hand and placed in 2 ton stainless steel tanks and 600 litter open barrels for fermentation. Fermentation was long and slow, with a maceration of about 35 days. Later, drop wines were transferred 300 liter second used barrels and aged during 15 months. This wine was bottled without any clarification or filtration.
Characteristics: Its Priorat personality is evident; the Grenache is expressed from beginning to end. With a little aeration it shows its intensity, power and maturity without losing the refreshing texture of its fruitiness: black cherry jam, plum and fig. In the nose notes of clove, cinnamon and a toasted end shows typical spices of an Arab garden, coming from the sun reflection on the slates of the Priorat. In the mouth, the fleshiness and the mature tannin of Cabernet Sauvignon give this wine great evolution potential in bottle.
Discovery Story: Absent from the U.S. market for over 10 years, we’re excited to rediscover and share the wines of Melis. The Elix is a “Village Wine”; all grapes were grown in the Priorat village of Torroja. The farming is organic; the fermentation open-topped and natural; unfiltered and unfined; no added sulfites.
93 points The Priorat Guide 2018
93 points Guia Penin 2020
92 points Vinous Antonio Galloni