Style: Dry, Fruity, Full Bodied
Mas Martinet Bru DOQ Priorat ’18
Martinet Bru is mainly sourced from a single vineyard, known as Mas Seró. This vineyard is located within the “Vi de Vila” (village wines) zone of Masos de Falset. It adjoins the D.O. Montsant wine appellation and has a similar climate to Montsant, although the differentiating factor is the soil, which is Llicorella (slate-based). The soil is stony, but the vineyard is cool in terms of climate. It faces the cooling sea breeze, known as the “Garbinada” and the quality of the soil means this wine is more drinkable and easier to understand than most Priorat wines, affording it a hint of licorice, blackberries, rosemary and tannins.
Vintage 2018: Martinets vineyards saw a humid winter and spring. Summer began in a healthy way. A gradual increase of daily temperatures was contained in the middle of July due to some rains, then throughout the summer temperatures increased as usual. August was dry and hot, which meant we could commence harvest at the end of the month with lower pH … looking for freshness. If wines of the 2017 vintage were, in general, fresh wines with gentle tannins and a pronounced tension, this vintage the tension is much more remarkable.
Vinification and Aging: Martinet destemmed grapes and transferred them to concrete tanks where spontaneous fermentation started with its own wild yeast and 20% of the stems. They then made an open remontage (oxygenation) every two or three days depending on the varietal and the state of ripeness of each tank. In Martinet Bru the winery looks for fruit and freshness, so maceration takes place between 10 and 15 days, to capture more elegancy and lightness. After finishing alcoholic fermentation, the must is pressed and left to rest in 4000-liter wood tanks, 300-liter barrels, clay amphoras and some demijohns for approximately 13 months. Martinet Bru 2018 was bottled on November 2019.
Winemaker Notes: Martinet Bru 2018 is a forward and elegant wine, a lovely fresh nose of integrated black fruits and oak, overlaid with minerals and hints of spices. Warm deliciously smooth, fresh, with marked tannins and licorice notes on its long lingering finish.
About the Winery
Mas Martinet is the mother project of all the other family projects. Created in 1986, alongside other adventurers who started working on the “Clos” wines idea in Priorat, it has been the central axis for the Pérez family and has involved every family member to date. Mothers and fathers, sons and daughters, cousins, uncles and aunts, nieces and nephews… everyone worked on planting the vines, working them, building the winery and worked in the winery, bottling the wines, labelled them, travelled to sell the first vintages and all the other jobs that were needed to be done at the beginning.
Since 2001, Sara Pérez has been in charge and all wines made at Mas Martinet have been certified as organically produced since the 2006 vintage.