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East of The Sun…….,
Masia Esplanes Crianza 2005, 40% Merlot, 35% Cabernet-Sauvignon, 15% Syrah and 10% Garnatxa
A very intense colour with red and violet tones. Compact and complex nose, with clear signs of red fruits and spices. On the palate its firm yet meaty strength stands out. Long-lasting with an aftertaste of spices and cocoa. It’s a wine full of life. After a long maceration process, the aging is done in oak barrels during 12 months and in bottles for another year. Masia Esplanes is a smooth and pleasant wine, with the necessary woodiness that identifies this type of well structured wine with complex smells from this area.
Cellers Capafons-Ossó combines tradition and innovation; using local varieties of grapes and with the introduction of new ones, they constantly try to improve their products. Furthermore, they use modern control systems for grape production and the wine elaboration process. They are always on the lookout for the maximum equilibrium between vineyards and the environment, a beautiful natural space with its own micro climate where Mas de Masos celler plantations are incorporated into the woods and growing areas, preserving the ecosystem. The growth of ilexes, oaks, pines is promoted and aromatic herbs are preserved, which give the grapes a peculiar flavour.
In some vineyards of the area with steep slope, there is no growing at all. The herbs growing in the middles of the stocks are cut off, regenerating the soil as a natural fertilizer and protecting the structure from wind and rain. The fermentation of the wine takes place in small stainless-steel tubs, then it is moved into oak barrels for aging and it is finally bottled for some time till it gets to the market with the guarantee and love that a unique product requires.
Capafons-Ossó Wineries has vineyards in two neighboring regions: D.O. Montsant and the DOQ Priorat. They are different basically because of the sun, the weather, grape varieties, historical and geographical issues. The excellent job done during the last few years by l’ Escola d’ Enologia Jaume Ciurana from Falset, from where most of the technicians from the region and Catalonia come from, has given professional guarantee and boosted an almost unknown region. An area that was asleep, for many years, under the shadows of the great wines in the world.
The cellars of Capafons-Ossó offers these wines to you as the fruits of their constant and rigorous labour and great passion for the vineyard and land of the Priorat and Montsant appellations. Masia Esplanes Celler is located 1,5 kms from Falset Village, at a very beautiful valley. The lands of this area were formed in the quaternary and they consist mostly of stone, gravel, mud and granite composition. The production goes from 2,500 to 3,500 kg/Ha. Reaching almost a perfect equilibrium and fruit ripening. The cellar has an extension of 8 Ha. of vineyards, with a total of 17,000 vines grafted with varieties as Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah, Charesón, Grenache Pais, Grenache blanc, Viognier and Carignane.
The names given to their wines come from the characteristics of this lands, which are part of the history since many years: In this way, they elaborate a “ROIGENC” rose born from a sunset; a red “VESSANTS” after the name of a parcel in the cellar and a “MASIA ESPLANES” emerged from the finest grape selection of the vineyards.
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