Torres Nerola Syrah-Monastrell Catalunya 2008

Torres Nerola Syrah-Monastrell Catalunya 2008

Made from a blend of Syrah and Monastrell, matured in small French oak barrels for about a year.
Now all you have to do is pour it into your glass and sit back and relax - the hard work has been done.
Catalunya DO
Drink now + 4 years

Decanter World Wine Awards 2010

Commended  (2007)

Catalunya region of Spain

Catalonia - its English name - is a very important area of Spanish wine production to the west of Barcelona in the north east of the country.

Catalonia has a number of well-known Spanish wine names under its jurisdiction. The best known is Cava, which is largely produced in Catalonia’s largest sub-region of Penedès. International varieties are more common place in Penedès than anywhere else in Spain, especially the likes of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, which is increasingly going into Cava wines. Conca de Barberá and Tarragona are two more regions well known for their contribution to Cava production from the native varieties.

Catalonia’s quality red wine region is centered in the region of Priorat, an area which has seen something of a renaissance in the last couple of decades and the area of vineyards has increased hugely as a result.

Priorat is special because of its unique soil, llicorella, which gives the wines a strong flinty character. Cariñena (Carignan) is the grape of choice to craft these (sometimes expensive) red wines, although there is some Garnacha on older vines here too.

Surrounding the region of Priorat is Montsant, a region that’s increasingly making fine red wines from a number of different grape varieties.


Two red grapes that when put together produce some of the biggest wines money can buy, both are spicy and fruity and both are capable of producing dark, robust wine. Here you have the two together so you can imagine the intensity of black fruit flavours and tannins. The blend originates in the South of France but is now often used in the New World.  

Syrah/Shiraz Food Match: Lamb's liver with bacon and onions

Food matching with Syrah/Shiraz depends hugely on the style of wine so we would urge a little caution and ... read more
Salads & Vegetables
A good tapas-style dish of chorizo and spicy sausages would work well here, and grilled chicken or beef salad would also be a winner.
Fish & Seafood 
This wine is generally too heavy for fish and seafood.
Pasta & Other Sauces
Best suited to cream based sauces like a good white or cheese sauce found in dishes such as lasagne and carbonara.
Best suited to rich flavoursome meats such as duck, goose and venison but would also work well with a roasted or grilled joint of beef or lamb.
Herbs & Spices
Best matched to black pepper, chives, cloves and coriander - big flavours! We would also recommend using sage, but very much in moderation.
Spicy Foods 
A great wine to have with anything with a kick to it, such as Mexican and Indian cuisine - it can handle the lot.
Delicious with creamy blue cheeses and mature Cheddar, it also works a treat with Parmesan! 
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