Made by Franck Massard sommelier-turned-winemaker and somewhat a celebrity in the world of wine (he was voted the UK’s top sommelier in 1996), El Brindis is produced in Montsant, Catalonia, which neighbours the famous and pricey DOQ Priorat. Made from the same grape varieties as Priorat, these old Grenache-Carignan vines are at an altitude of 550m to retain freshness and acidity in the blend, this wine is a cracking find.
Intense aromas of ripe red berries, juniper berries and blackberries all perfumed with underlying thyme from the nearby Mediterranean. White pepper, clove, and balsamic are also present on the complex nose. The palate is voluptuous and sophisticated with good structure and sustained length. A food lover’s dream!