Wine of the week Noster Nobilis Priorat 2009
If there is a wine-producing region of Spain with a claim to rival Rioja for prestige, it is probably Priorat, a remote enclave of ancient vineyards in the province of Catalonia, over in the Mediterranean north of the country. Priorat, like Rioja, was badly affected by the phylloxera outbreak of 1899, but due to its isolation was not subsequently replanted. Rescue finally came in the 1980s when a group of young winemakers decided to revive the once-revered region and established new vineyards. The wines have rapidly and deservedly earned cult status, but they are expensive. Here's one that isn't. Noster Nobilis Priorat 2009 from Asda is reduced from an unusually reasonable £8.75 to a risibly cheap £7.50 until September 10, that's Tuesday next week. It is a lovely gamey dense red wine from a mix of garnacha and carignan grapes with toasty-oaked pitchy-savoury briar fruits and a hefty14.5% alcohol. A marvellous and affordable introduction to one of the world's most distinctive, and newest, wine styles.