`Vi d`Altura` Priorat

Priorat

Mas La Mola

This seven hectare property has been in the Ferrando family for 150 years....

Today viticulture, winemaking and blending are overseen by Jordi Masdeu, a young Spaniard who spent time selling wine in London and Alessandro Marchesan, the Group Buyer for Zuma International. Their shared passion for old Garnacha and Cariñena vines led them to the famous slate, or 'Llicorella' soils of Priorat. The weathered old vines yield tiny quantities of fruit for all three of the Mas La Mola wines. Only 650 bottles are made of the top wine, the 'Vinyeta Vella' ('ancient vineyard') as yields of just 300 grams of fruit are hand harvested from each vine.

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Vineyards

Mas La Mola Priorat is a wine blended from grapes grown in a number of different vineyards on the estate which are situated between 350-450 metres above sea level. The vines are planted in different parcels in the Poboleda district, on Llicorella slate slopes. Each parcel is different in terms of solar orientation, the unique microclimate that exists there, the varietals which grow and the different rootstocks used. The low yielding Garnacha vines are aged between 35-70 years old with the small percentage of Syrah produced from younger vines.

Vintage Information

2015 was a great vintage for Priorat. In spite of some hail which fell during early spring, summer brought a heatwave which promoted wonderful fruit set and veraison. Fears of it being too hot disappeared in August, when cool evenings and light rainfall alleviated vine stress and preserved acidity. There was still sufficient heat to continue maturity.

Vinification

Harvest was carried out by hand with a rigorous selection both in the vineyard and at the winery. The grapes underwent a long, cold maceration period to ensure a progressive extraction and good level of concentration. The wine was aged for 15 months in new and second year fine grained, medium toast French Allier oak barrels. Only the best barrels from each year are used for the final blend of Mas la Mola.

Tasting Notes

Deep ruby in colour with a youthful purple hue, this wine has intense and layered aromas of blackberry, prune, violets and spicy oak notes and a smoky minerality. This Priorat is full bodied and powerful, with ripe tannins and a silky texture. The finish is long and spicy.

Vintage Information

Vintage 2015
Grape varieties 100% Garnacha Negra
Region Priorat, Cataluña
Winemaker Jordi Masdeu and Alessandro Marchesan
Alcohol (ABV) 15%