Sitting down with Fredi Torres
Fredi Torres is a busy guy. If you follow his Instagram you’ll see that he’d often traveling, drinking good wine, eating good food, or just dealing with an overabundance of tomatoes. All joking aside, the reason his Instagram is all over the place is because he is all over the place whether consulting in Empordà, working on a project with partners in Ribeira Sacra, or most importantly working on his own project in Gratallops that he started last year, Fredi Torres Viticultors.
When we first met Fredi it was under the auspices of Saó del Coster, a winery that he helped to found when he first started working in wine in Priorat a decade ago. In reading over the profile in our Priorat book it becomes immediately clear that it will all have to be re-written as there was a split with the co-owners last year and he has since worked to build up his own namesake venture based in Gratallops. He is using grapes from some vineyards that he’s been recuperating and buying some from friends he knows in the village to eventually create a new line of wines. Naturally this takes time and some of them are yet to come, but the young wine is ready now and we had a chance to sit down with Fredi and taste it at the always excellent Cal Llop in Gratallops.
Aromatically it is similar to the wines of neighboring DO Montsant as it sits right on the border of the two and on a granitic soil and presents an interesting mix of red fruits, fresh, mature cherries, white pepper, fresh cut rosemary and a limestone base which is a large switch up from what you would typically expect from DOQ Priorat where slatey minerality is typical. The body is fresh, young, presenting well, and could probably stand in the bottle for another year or two.
Carignan, Grenache, Syrah 13.5% 12€