Mas La Plana 2008
The classic characteristics of the native land of Mas La Plana
Appellation of origin: Penedès
It is more than three decades since this mysterious Spanish wine was born. The label: Black. The bottle: Burgundy style. The variety: Cabernet Sauvignon. Few had much faith in this project. Certainly, nobody back in 1979, could have dreamed that it would triumph in a Parisian blind tasting against some of the world's most famous wines. Yet it marked the start of a new era in wine making: a time in which to stop dreaming and embark on a new journey, year after year, harvest after harvest.
Cabernet Sauvignon 100%.
Single vineyard of Mas La Plana
In this small (29 ha - 72 acres) vineyard only the most select Cabernet Sauvignon grapes are grown. These are used to make strictly limited quantities of Torres' most prestigious red wine, now known to connoisseurs all over the world. In the Paris Wine Olympiad, the 1970 vintage triumphed over some of the most famous wines in the world, including Château Latour. This success has been repeated on several other occasions, with Gran Coronas Mas La Plana notching up numerous other international awards.
Vinification and ageing:
Once harvested, the grapes are destalked. The fermentation lasts some 7 days at a temperature of 28ºC to 30 ºC in stainless steel vats under controlled temperature to produce natural, aromatic and clean wines.
To control the yeast fermentation adequately, hygienic and controlled procedures are used.
Every day the cap is moved so as to mix it up within the must by means of pumping over.
The grapes are pressed after 28 days of skin contact.
The wines are aged in new French oak barriques for 18 months.
The barriques contain 300 litres and permit a greater contact between wine and wood.
Intense aroma showing all the classic characteristics of the native land of Mas La Plana, together with notes of truffle, toast and wild red berry conserve. Great body and breadth on the palate, with juicy tannins that become balanced and elegant.
Particularly cold year, but with a normal development of veraison and maturity. Rainfall was normal although concentrated in May, June and October.
This wine was bottled on February 16th 2011.
Properly cellared, it will improve over the next 7-9 years.
This wine's noble and healthy tannins will complement the best meat and game dishes.
Serve at 17-18 ºC (63-64°F).