159/365 – Catalonia – D.O. Emporda – Torrent – Mas Oller – Mar 2011
…., always just smile! Even though it’s aching, if you smile through your fear and sorrow…….., you’ll see the sun come shining through for you! You’ll find that life is certainly worth while if you just smile! One thing I can guarantee is that this wine is going to make you smile! Happy wine loving days my friends!
Mar 2011, 80% Picapoll and 20% Malvasia
Lovely pale yellow color showing greenish reflections. Bright and clear. This wine is aromatic with average to high power, white (peach, white soft pear) and citrus (lime) fruits predominate, very honest, clean and altogether one of those wines you want too enjoy through the nose for quite some time before you imbibe it. One in the mouth it has a very nice soft attack, and a fatty touch on the palate, elegant and sweet. It has good structure and long finish, leaving a fresh and tangy feeling, which make it easy to drink. Mar = Sea = Summer wine!
Made from hand-selected grapes grown on over 10 year old vines planted 10m. (33ft) above sea level. A short skin maceration and low temperature fermentation. Aged on the lees for 4 months in order to obtain more complexity. Works wonders with seafood, especially oysters, fresh prawns and griddled mussels, rice dishes such as risottos and paella, pasta, cheese, and desserts featuring white-fleshed fruit and crème.
The Empordà is a legendary wine-producing region, where the Greeks first introduced grapes back in the year 600 BC. The Empordà is situated in northeast Catalonia and Mas Oller is an old estate owned by the Esteva family. It was in Torrent, in the county of the Petit Empordà with views of the city walls of Pals and the Medes Islands, where Carlos Esteva –owner of the prestigious winery Can Ràfols dels Caus– rescued the family estate from oblivion, building a cellar in what was the old cow shed and replanting vineyards in what had formerly been the best wine-producing estate in Pals.
Nowadays, nearly 300 years after it was built, Mas Oller has become a benchmark winery in the D.O. Empordà with wines which express the essence of the area and a philosophy firmly rooted in quality. In the year 2000, Carlos Esteva decided to plant vines in order to produce new, prestigious, high-quality wines. Some wine was made from the young vines in the earlier vintages and was sold locally. Now, the vines have reached the right age for achieving the desired concentration of fruit. The first wines were launched in April 2009 and the response since then has been extremely positive.
The Mas Oller Estate lies between the sea and the mountains, in the path of the strong northerly wind, the Tramontana and has a diversity of different soil types: clayey, sandy and slate. Conceptually and geographically, therefore, the Mas Oller project brings together Northern Catalonia, the Empordà and Roussillon, with wines which are both expressive and fresh. At present, the Estate has 15 Ha. (37 acres) of vineyard in production and an additional 2 Ha.(4.5 acres) of newly-planted vineyard. The three red varieties are Grenache, Syrah and Cabernet Sauvignon and the two white varieties are Picapoll and Malvasía de Sitges.
The vineyards surround the old country house and the grapes are selected manually in the vineyard before being transported in bins to the cellar where the grapes undergo a second round of selection. All of the grape musts are macerated at cold temperatures in order to obtain themaximum expression and extraction of colour and aroma. Their philosophy is based on reviving the winemaking tradition of the Empordà with a modern interpretation. The team consistsof Carlos Esteva, owner and winemaker, Peter Schoonbrood, wine concept and project manager, Martin Cuervo, head of the vineyard and winery.
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