It's in our blood...
A New Generation of Winemakers
Creu Celta is made by the McAlindon Family who own Direct Wine Shipments.
For nearly a century three generations of the McAlindon family have been purveyors and importers of wine to the island of Ireland.
There have been a stream of Irish wine families over the past few centuries making wine in Europe and the New World.
In 2003 the McAlindon’s dream to buy their own vineyards and make their own wine became a reality.
The vineyards are found in Priorat (meaning Priory), North Eastern Spain near the Scala Dei Monastry (meaning ‘Ladder to God’).
This area today produces some of Europe’s most inspiring reds.
In the 12th century the Carthusian monks built a priory thus giving the name to the region. It is a very special place and a virtual viticultural paradise.
The McAlindons work with one of Spain’s leading winemakers. Silvia Puig has made wine with some of the best Spanish wineries including the legendary Vega Sicilia.
When we first conceived of Creu Celta, it was important that we used imagery that had a strong link with our homeland.
The symbol for Creu Celta (meaning ‘Celtic Cross’ in Catalan) is inspired by the exceptional 15th Century High Cross found on Devenish Island in County Fermanagh, Northern Ireland.
The vineyard is planted in the traditional Llicorella soil, a type of slate. The vines have to struggle to survive in this dry mountainous climate, but those that do yield exceptionally concentrated fruit, which give complex and long lived wines.
The vineyard contains 60-80 year old Garnatxa (Grenache) vines and in 2003/04 terracing was created which allowed more planting to occur. More Garnatxa, some Samsó (Carignan) and a little Syrah were selected.
- Garnatxa is the key grape of the region, and is the classic Mediterranean red grape, it offers red fruits, spice and in the right terroir produces ‘world class’ wines.
- Samsó thrives in Priorat. It is a great blending partner to Garnatxa due to its tannin, acidity and colour.
- Syrah whilst not native to the region adds depth, dark fruit and complexity.
2015 is a fantastic vintage, perhaps one of the best for Creu Celta! Based on Garnaxta (Grenache), it is rich, complex and full bodied. Opulent dark spicy fruit flavours are lifted by a fresh finish.
All fruit has been sourced exclusively from our vineyard in Salanques, one of the coolest ‘terroirs’ in Priorat.
Our old Garnaxta vines are complemented with vines planted in 2003-04. These are gaining a lovely maturity.
The label and packaging has been re-designed to reflect a more contemporary, simple and ‘artisan’ approach to the production of Creu Celta.
Food Match: Great with Steak, slow cooked meat dishes, firm and hard cheeses and dark chocolate.
Vinedos McAlindon e Hijos Creu Celta Selección Especial Viñas Viejas 2007, Priorat, Spain
The 2007 is a very special wine made in a brilliant year and produced mainly from a parcel of very old Carignan. Now, 10 years old it really shows how a decade has added to this sumptuous wine. We reckon the wine will be drinking beautifully for at least another 8-10 years!
This tiny production wine is 70% Samso (Carignan) and 30% Syrah & Garnacha. The Syrah & Garnacha were vinified together and the Samso separately. It was 100% aged in new oak of which 80% was French: Tronçais & Allier. 30-40% of the wine was fermented in barrels whilst the rest was fermented in Stainless Steel.
Tasting Notes : Rich, layered and concentrated the 2007 offers the hallmark Priorat notes and aromas of chocolate, cherry, plum, pine and smoky nuances.
Food Match: The perfect wine with Steak, slow cooked meat dishes, firm and hard cheeses and dark chocolate.
Joe Wadsack, Nov 2016