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Torres Mas La Plana 2013 £38.95
TORRES MAS LA PLANA
In this small (29 ha.) 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 some of the best from Bordeaux. This success has been repeated on several other occasions, with Gran Coronas Mas La Plana notching up numerous other international awards.
The Penedès has been associated for decades with innovative vineyards and wineries. Ever since it became the first area in Spain to use stainless steel and cold fermentation equipment, the vine growers of the Penedès have been making excellent modern wines from a mix of native and French grape varieties. This has been possible because of the variety of altitudes, lands and micro-climates found in the Penedès which foster the ideal growth of the different grape types.
This wine is produced from a red grape that is native to Bordeaux, known for its dense tannins, deep colour, fruity aromas and elegant structure. It produces the most famous Torres wines. Mas la Plana. This wine's noble and healthy tannins will complement the best meat and game dishes. Serve at 17-18ºC.
93+ Points RobertParker.com
The Cabernet Sauvignon 2013 Mas La Plana was produced from a cool and late harvest of the vines planted between 1964 and 1966 in the Mas La Plana estate in Penedès. It matured in French oak barrels, 85% of them new, for 18 months. 2013 was a wetter year, with cooler temperatures and a longer cycle that resulted in a later harvest and wines with very good freshness. The wine has been finding its style, and in the 2000s, they believe they are finding it through more elegance and less extraction, with fruit and more integration of the oak, leaving the initial model of Bordeaux, or later in Napa, and now admitting that it's a more Mediterranean expression of the Cabernet. It's vibrant, tasty and lively, with focused and clean aromas and flavors and polished and elegant tannins. It has a tasty, long finish, lifted by the freshness and a chalky, mineral, almost salty touch. This feels long-lived through balance and good acidity. 109,638 bottles, 2,899 magnums and some larger formats were produced. In 2016 they fermented this wine in stainless steel, oak vats and some concrete, in a separate part of the winery.
Reviewed by Luiis Gutierrez
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