Familia Torres presents the 2017 vintage of Perpetual (DOQ Priorat) which brings a new look to the brand. This flagship Priorat wine, which the winery has produced since 2005, now comes in a Burgundy-style bottle and features a refreshed design based on simplicity and elegance. The new label is in line with Mas de la Rosa, the most exclusive winemaking project of this 150-year-old family-owned winery.
Perpetual 2017 is predominantly Cariñena with 20% Garnacha added to the blend. The grapes come from old vines (over 80 years old) planted on costers, steep llicorella schist hillsides. The wine originates from small parcels owned by local growers in five Priorat municipalities – El Lloar, Porrera, Torroja, El Molar, and Bellmunt – which makes it possible to combine cool and warm climate zones to achieve the balance that best expresses the authentic character of the old vines of DOQ Priorat.
In addition to the new look, the current vintage also introduces changes in terms of winemaking. Old Cariñena vines, which lend distinct expression to the region's llicorella soils, have an even greater presence in the new blend, and reducing the length of skin contact further emphasizes the fresh, floral character of the variety. Furthermore, the aging barrels are giving way to 1,500-liter foudres for a more delicate oak treatment which allows the fruit to shine.
The 2017 vintage was dry and slightly warmer than usual. Higher temperatures prevailed during the first part of the growth season but grew milder during fruit maturation, especially in September, which was a somewhat cooler but dry month. Perpetual 2017 has received an average rating of 96 out of 100 points from the leading wine guides in Spain (Peñín, Gourmets, Proensa, and Vivir el Vino) and 92+ Parker points.
According to Miquel Torres Maczassek, fifth generation Familia Torres, “We began making Perpetual more than 15 years ago in order to preserve the old vines of Priorat. Given the difficulty of cultivating these steep hillside parcels and their low yields, only about 150 hectares of 80-plus-year-old vineyards remain in the area. Perpetual captures the essence of these small parcels and pays tribute to the valiant work of their growers.”