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Torres Fransola 2017 £18.95
Torres Fransola 2017
This is a large family-run company, established in 1870 by Jaime Torres and his brother Miguel. The company is currently headed up by Miguel A Torres the Great Grandson of the original Miguel Torres and the fifth generation: Mareia, Arnau, and Miguel all work for the company.
They have 1300 ha of vineyards in Spain as well as interests in Chile and California. They have 4 wineries in Spain, at Penedès, Priorat, Rioja, and Ribera del Duero. They export to 140 countries across the globe. The companies Headquarters remain in Vilafranca del Penedès. Miguel A Torres has been described as one of Spain’s most innovative and influential winemakers. He also pioneered the planting of non-Spanish grape varieties across Spain.
Growers had a complex year in 2017 having to contend with frost, hail, and drought. Yields are down as a result but the picture overall is of good quality particularly in Galicia and the South, Penedès also seems to have performed well.
The Fransola 'pago' is situated at high altitude in the Penedès region. The naturally cool climate is perfect for producing top-quality Sauvignon Blanc. This fresh, juicy, passion fruit and lime flavoured wine incorporates about 5% of Parellada grapes in the blend. It is partly fermented (about 50%) in a mixture of French and American oak barrels which adds both complexity and creamy richness to this excellent wine. Rich, tropical fruit notes of passion fruit, fig, gooseberry, lime and green watermelon are backed up by the creamy but subtle oak. The palate is elegant and well poised. This is a great wine from this excellent single estate. It balances elegantly with dishes of white fish, asparagus, goats' cheese, or dishes with green herbs.