Nelín is a white wine produced by the winery Clos Mogador in the D.O Priorat. Clos Mogador is the winery of René Barbier, one of the names with the most weight in this region. Descending from a wine family arriving in the Priorat in the 1980’s, producing one of the most prestigious wines in the whole appellation. This wine is now internationally famous: Clos Mogador. Nelín is produced from Garnacha (Grenache) as the main varietal and a small percentage from Macabeo and Escanyavelles. The grapes originate from 4 small estates, planted in slate between 350 to 500 meters above sea level. The vines are carefully worked with the utmost respect for the environment and the grapes, using only organic treatments.
The harvest is realised by hand, in small 10kg capacity containers. The grapes are picked in the first few hours of the morning because of lower temperatures to keep the grapes from oxidising. Once at the winery, 90% of the grape is pressed and the free run juice is separated. The rest of the grape is macerated for 12 hours before being pressed. Nelín is fermented with local yeast from the same vineyards in oak vats and oak barrels. The fermentation process is controlled at 16-18ºC lasting for 4-5 weeks. The ageing process lasts for 18 months in large 1200 litre wooden containers and 600 litre stainless steel tanks.
Nelín is a wonderful white wine from the Priorat. This is a wine that searches for the maximum authenticity and expression of the terroir.
Each Clos Nelín vintage is exciting in its own distinct way, consistent with a wine that is made showing total respect for nature and the characteristics of that particular year, but it rouses excitement every time with its wide aromatic palette, full of flowers, notes of beeswax, honeycomb and quince. It’s mineral too, with chalky notes and a saline background, and a most interesting and appealing slight touch of oxidation. It is very pleasurable to drink and offers many nuances. Like every work of art of superior quality, time will increase the value of its merits.