In The Glass: Rebels de Batea 2013
These new wines called, “Rebels de Batea” are part of a larger series called, 7 Magnifics or the “Magnificent Seven”. It’s a project of überwinery, Torres to create smaller wines in unique locations with the idea to showcase what’s special about the region. These first two bottles in the series–a white and a red–are from Terra Alta and almost completely Grenache.
The marketing of them promotes the whole harvested by hand and from “mostly” old vines aspect of the wines, although it’s impossible to prove any of this as the wines are obviously blended from several different vineyards (necessary if producing 48,000 bottles) and the articles I’ve read are all quick to point out that it’s a Torres project but yet not a Torres project.
As these are the first two of the seven “magnificents” that means there are five more to go and apparently they’ll be celebrating other DO’s in Catalonia in special ways. We’ll see what that means, but for now, let’s talk about these rebels from Batea.
Rebels de Batea Blanc 2013
Aromas of melon, peach skin, slight minerality, as well as raspberries. Full in the mouth with slight, small vanilla notes that lead in to an overall fruity finish. Quite possibly there was some inclusion of red grapes in this white which led to the minor red fruit notes.
100% Grenache 9.45€
Rebels de Batea Negre 2013
Aromas of bright red fruits, cumin, and a touch of chocolate. Light in the mouth, it doesn’t holding much structure but is overall easy to drink but the blend seems to be knocking out a lot of character from the wine though.
85% Grenache, 15% Carignan/Syrah 9.45€