Nin-Ortiz

Ester Nin and Carles Ortiz are the proud owners of this tiny wine estate with vineyards in Porrera and Torroja, and Gratallops. Ester is an oenologist and biologist originally from the higher part of the Penedès, in El Pla de Manlleu. Carles is in charge of the vineyard, along with his mules Negret and Max. Ester is best known for her work as an oenologist of Clos Erasmus in Gratallops and of NUN, the top white wine of Enric Soler in the Penedès, of which she vinified the first vintages. In all her projects, she resolutely opts for biodynamics.

 

In 2004, she bought a small plot of land with just over 1 ha of vineyard, Mas d'en Caçador: a steep slope high above the road from Porrera to Torroja. 2004 was also the first harvest of its own wine (barely one barrique), the Nit de Nin, which immediately gained cult status and monster scores. In the early years, it was just Garnatxa and Carinyena. For the Nit de Nin this is 60% Garnatxa Peluda and for the Planetes 70% Garnatxa País. The Garnatxa Peluda is mixed with old Carinyena planted on steep slopes (costers). The Planetes vineyards (5 ha) consist of 4 ha Garnatxa on terraces and 1ha Carinyena on a steep slope. The new canes that have been planted are clones that have taken themselves from old Carinyena. In the meantime, several almost extinct cépages have been added to the portfolio. The native white Montanega, which is a variant of the Parellada, for the Terra Vermella. Ester's other white crown jewel is the Selma de Nin, originating from Penedès, more specifically the village of Selma, where an elevated parcel of the family is bombarded with Chenin Blanc, Roussanne, Marsanne, and Xarello.

 

All vineyards are biodynamically worked with the help of two mules and are located on pure llicorella (slate) spread over:

Mas d'en Caçador, three small vineyards on steep slopes (costers), with orientation north-east, north-west, between 400 and 650 m altitudes. This is one of the highest vineyards in Priorat, seen from the road between Porrera and Torroja.

Planetes: llicorella with a lot of iron oxide called ferral, much harder than regular llicorella. The new vineyards (between 5 and 13 years old) are planted on terraces and part on old 'costers' (Carinyena), visible from the road between Falset and Porrera.

Coma d'en Romeu: Grand cru vineyard covered with 75 years old Garnacha at an altitude of 350 m. Ilicorella and southern orientation.

La Rodeda: Located near Mas d'en Cacador with 80-year-old Garnatxa Peluda at an altitude of 700 m. Here too llicorella is the main soil component.

Selma de Nin: Located at an altitude of 750 meters with a limestone subsoil and a limited amount of clay.

Terra Vermella: The "red grounds" is the literal translation of the name of this white wine. The subsoil here consists mainly of ferruginous clay mixed with stones at an altitude of 550 m.

Only indigenous yeasts are used with an absolute minimum of sulfur. An extensive selection, in which all the overripe grapes are removed, ensures elegant and mineral wines. One page a day, manual and gentle. Then 18 months élevage in French oak barrels, 1/3 new.

The Planetes is selected in the same way. Fermentation and élevage for 12 to 14 months take place in 3000-liter French oak conical foeders and partly in Nit de Nin barriques from the previous year. Over the years, Ester has been omitting more and more barrique in favor of amphorae and large foeders. In the meantime, the couple has managed to build a small, functional bodega integrated into the vineyards. The harvest year 2020 is the first vintage that was vinified here.

Nin-Ortiz