Merum Priorati is one of the most important wine estates in Priorat, founded in 2004 by two Catalan families, and located in the east of the appellation around the pretty village of Porrera in the hill north west of Tarragona. The 3 vineyard plots they have, Les Foreses, Plana Marjot and Les Escomelles cover a total of more than 100 hectares, but less than 30 are given over to vines, as this is one of the wildest, most rugged terrains, where few vines thrive and those that do produce less than 1 kg of grapes per vine (even less for the older Garnacha and Cariñena plants). As a result vineyard size here is not measured in hectares, but by numbers of vines planted, due to extreme terracing and contours on these stunning mountainsides. There isn't what you'd call soil more just a carpet of broken black slate called Licorella. 5 grape varieties manage to thrive on the estate: Garnacha, Cariñena, Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot.
Winemaker Roger Oferill's impeccably made but not over polished wines are truly hand-made: fermentation is in small, open top vats with long cuvasion and the wines are intense and seriously complex against a backdrop of bright and vibrant modern fruit.