Familia Torres, Cabernet Sauvignon "Mas la Plana" Penedès, Spain 2016
100% Cabernet Sauvignon
The most pristine bunches of old-vine Cabernet Sauvignon are hand selected to craft Torres’s most prestigious red wine. A 1979 blind tasting in Paris, the Gault-Millau Wine Olympics, placed some of the world’s most respected wines such as Château Latour against newcomers including Torres. The wine from Mas la Plana vineyard triumphed, placing first, and put Penedès on the map as benchmark quality for the best red wines in the world.
The Mas la Plana is graceful and balanced despite its firm and dominant tannin profile. Bright crunchy acidity ensures a wine that will develop in the cellar for years to come. This polished red displays hints of its Mediterranean heritage with herbaceous bramble while holding true to brooding currant and loamy earth, reminiscent of old-world Cabernet Sauvignon.
The vineyard is on deep, yellowish grey-brown alluvial soils that are well drained and have a moderate water holding capacity. Made up of interbedded layers of gravel, sand, and clay. Generally speaking, 2016 was a dry year. Fermentation is in stainless steel tanks and oak foudres under controlled temperatures. Maceration lasts 15-25 days. The wine is barrel-aged for 18 months in French oak (65% of which is new).
Grape: Cabernet Sauvignon