The name Petit Pissarres is derived from the word “pizarra,” which is “slate” in Spanish. The unique soil of Priorat is a critical quality factor for the wines. Grapes are sourced from three vineyards in Sant Martí, Mas Alsera, and Les Solanes at 240m to 600m. Petit Pissarres is a blend of 60% garnacha and 40% samsó (carignan) from organically-farmed vineyards planted from 1934 to 2007 on various types of slate. The result is an extremely fresh and balanced wine that reinforces the accessible character of a Mediterranean regional wine, challenging many drinkers’ perceptions of DOQ Priorat. Wines are made with low intervention and minimal sulfur at bottling. Petit Pissares is Costers del Priorat’s introduction to their Priorat range.
Vintage – In 2019, there was less rain than usual over the winter and spring in Priorat and the most significant weather event was a four-day heatwave in late June and early July. Thankfully, the rest of the summer was cooler than usual, allowing slow and steady ripening and no signs of dehydration. In September, some light rain was welcome ahead of a few weeks of modest temperatures, which favored steady and complete ripening as harvest approached. Despite the challenging heat of the early summer, fruit quality was excellent, with garnacha performing well.
Vinification –After a manual harvest, the wine is fermented with indigenous yeasts in stainless steel tanks. The different varieties in the blend are vinified separately. The wine is then blended and aged for six months in 225L and 500L French oak barrels – some of the barrels are new and some are two years old.