212/365 – Catalonia – DOQ Priorat– Vilella Alta – Bodegas Mas Alta – Black Slate Vilella Alta 2011
Bodegas Mas Alta Black Slate Vilella Alta 2011, 60% Garnacha, 35% Carignena, 5% Cabernet-Sauvignon
And so we add another Super Catalan to the scrolls! What a beauty this one is! Voluptuous, sweetly fruited, and downright decadent, it boasts awesome aromatics of kirsch liqueur, chocolate, liquid mineral, and baking spices to go with a full-bodied, rounded, supple feel in the mouth. No light weight, with layers of fruit and texture, it stays remarkable fresh and clean on the finish. Yupp, I am the true super fan of Catalan wines but this one is not to be missed, even if you are addicted to Italian or French wines, not that I’d understand why that would be the case? On the down side….., there are only 600 cases to go around, yet the price per quality here is off the charts. If you can find it, don’t miss it!
Based in the traditional village of La Vilella Alta, Bodegas Mas Alta is the culmination of five Belgian partners’ common desire to produce a great wine. This dream is now taking shape thanks to the advice of Michel Tardieu and Philippe Cambie, and as the result of the work done by a passionate team every day. After slow maturation under the blazing sun, harvest time arrives. One word is on everyone’s lips: RESPECT! Respect for the work of Nature, the work of generations of men and women who have toiled down the years to obtain this fruit.
Quality is always uppermost in the minds of the workers of the cellar at every stage of the grape’s processing. In fact, the equipment at Bodegas Mas Alta is designed to preserve the grape’s intrinsic qualities as much as possible. Storage in cold rooms, a double sorting table, the concrete tanks are filled by gravity, temperature control, etc., – technology is used with respect for the fruit.
Vinification is gentle, with no extremes, the aim being to reveal the typical PRIORAT characteristics. Then we come to the aging stage, which varies between 14 and 18 months. During this time the wine will be honed and refined, affirming its identity, in small French oak barrels. Choice of vineyard is crucial for the production of highly expressive wines that combine character and elegance. Here, they have planted some 35 hectares of vines since 1999 on land classified as being part of the DOQ PRIORAT, carefully selecting the plots in so doing. In fact most of their vineyard is planted at altitude, on slate.
Depending on the plot’s characteristics, they either plant varieties traditional to this region – Carignan and Grenache – or varieties such as Cabernet Sauvignon or Shiraz. These young vines, whose potential quality is already very promising, represent the future of BODEGAS MAS ALTA! Welcome to the wine paradise!
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