164/365 – Catalonia – D.O. Conca de Barbera – Prenafeta – Mas de la Sabatera – Mas de la Sabatera 2008
….., this is the music to tighten up with…., but what wine would you tighten up with or would you prefer to unwind, maybe with a bottle of red? From Conca de Barbera? If that is the case, let me suggest a Friday special, make sure to listen to the music track, sit back, pour a glass and relax! No need to tighten up, life is to short, just have a great Friday evening! With loads of lovin’ from CatalanWine 365.
Mas de la Sabatera 2008, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Tempranillo
Red wine made from the farm of Mas de la Sabatera. The 190 acres are situated in an idyllic and secluded location in the foothills of the Sierra de Prades, for this particular wine they have selected the best vineyards of Cabernet and Merlot. The vine are all older than fifteen years and at their peak in this dry environment. Located at 470 meters above sea level and enjoy a beneficial mountain climate, sheltered by the Sierra de Prades, with fresh and dry summers, which enhances the natural ripening. The grapes are picked at night, providing natural freshness and aromatic integrity. The grapes have been fermented in stainless steel tanks, keeping the fermentation temperature below 25 ° to facilitate the intensity of the fruit and to optimize the extraction of color and tannins.
The wine has a deep and vivid red color with violet edges. On the nose it is clean with high intensity, predominantly black fruit, blueberries, blackberries, some pastries and spices, like pepper. Good integration of fruit and oak. The palate is pleasing, delicate entry, medium body, soft with round tannins and a long persistence. Elegant and mature wine. A good one for a Friday evening!
“Mas de la Sabatera” is an estate of 190 hectares of vineyards and forests where 8 varieties of grapes are grown with an annual outtake of 1,000,000 Kg. The first building was erected in 1749 and this is where the winery today manages and directs the operations. The house has its own facilities, warehouses, offices for staff use, tasting area, agricultural museum and a shop for their own brand, Heretat Pallares. The property highlight is the Mirador (viewpoint) tower from where you can admire the beautiful scenery of Conca de Barbera.
The Conca de Barbera is considered a prime area for its climate and type of land, with the right mix for growing many different varieties of grapes, red and white. All vines are trellised and most are older strains of between 25 and 35 years. In a clear attempt to continuous quality improvement, over the last 10 years they have planted an additional 30 hectares of red and white grapes. In order to identify fully with the region, great care has been taken to preserve the local variety of D.O. Conca de Barbera, the Trepat.
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