It’s not everyday that one gets to taste the grape verdil or verdiell (local spelling).
Originally from the Valencia region, a few of the vines seem to have found their way up the Priorat mountains to the vicinity of the small town Torroja del Priorat. Here Dominik Huber from Terroir al Limit is vinifying a small plot for the second year in a row. What the result will be is difficult to say, but tasted straight from the press the juice was fantastic!
Other projects that he has underway is an olive press, a pedro ximenez made with flor from Andalucia and grenache noir from the same vineyard vinified as a blanc de noir, rosé and red wine. This is of course without counting the Terroir Historic project he has started – a production that has already swelled to 30 000 bottles in addition to the 50 000 bottles he already makes under the Terroir al Limit name.
The plans are many and ambitious, but with the latest vintages outshining each other in succession there is no doubt that there is great potential for greatness in the tiny village of Torroja and its surroundings. The 2015 vintage is already drinking very well and has a sense of clarity that is quite remarkable, and after tasting fermenting pedro ximenez as well as grenache juice from the exceptional Les Manyes vineyard I have great confidence in 2016.