"The white 2018 Black Slate La Morera is a Vi de Vila (village wine) and is a blend of 85% Garnacha Blanca and 15% Garnacha Gris from young-ish vines planted on slate soils at 600 meters in altitude in the village of La Morera de Montsant. It fermented in stainless steel with neutral yeasts and matured in stainless steel with the lees for four months.They went for more skin contact and used Garnacha Gris instead of Pedro Ximénez, which they used before. It's full of character and has a petrol-like whiff and a touch of ripe skins, reminiscent of something between an aged Chenin and a traditional white Rioja. This has added texture and a saline touch on the finish. It didn't see any oak. Good for food, mind-boggling good for the price, I'd say. 2,600 bottles produced. It was bottled in May 2019."
, Issue 244 | August 30, 2019