The 2020 vegetative cycle began with the pandemic. After doubting for a few weeks if we could take care of our plants, it started to rain. It was very humid days where not raining also and we started with ponytail treatments. We sensed what was coming. The temperatures were warm ... but there was a great feeling of coolness.
All around us, a general despair over the mildew that affected the flowering, leaves ... it was not our case but it made us wonder how much we would resist. We determined that we would not throw away much copper or any synthetic product, that life would take us where it needed to take us.
The plant was bright, great. The vines were really beautiful, despite the certain percentage of fungal damage.
When it stopped raining in June and the real heat came, there was a moment of joy in which we thought the alarm was over, that we had overcome it. But unknowingly the Black Rot came in and we lost the grapes. Week by week we see how the grapes were declining ... We didn't get to all the vineyard work, ponytail applications, green pruning, pruning, clearing ... and we need to choose. Martinet Bru's estates were left at the end and we practically lost them. We didn't have enough grapes, so we made another difficult decision: to contact 3 winegrowers (two of them organic and one not, that's why Martinet Bru 2020 is not certified) and that's why Martinet Bru 2020 is different.
There are grapes from the northern area of Priorat and there are grapes from the area of Falset where we are.
The amount of grapes per plant was minimal, so there is a different intensity than in previous years. There is a point of maturity with a high acidity, also different from other vintages. We tried to care for, process and transform the grapes with the same attitude and expectation that we always do.
Lots of Grenache, following the varietal profile of previous years. A certain feeling of maturity due to the warmth of temperatures. Intense rather than concentrated and very fragrant, a common feature of rainy years.
Final acidity, elegance, perfume… is a strange vintage. It is a complex, fine, elegant vintage and, above all, it is very Priorat.
The vinification was made part in whole grapes with stemms, with light crushed. Macerations quite short. 70% vinified in concrete vats and 30% in wooden vats. Pressed, blended and aged in 4500l wooden vats and 600l chestnut barrels and 300l French oak barrels. And it was fining in cement vats for 5 months, approximately. Bottled in January 2021.