`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 Català, a young Spaniard who spent time selling wine in London and Alessandro Marchesan. 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 both Mas La Mola wines.

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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 350-800 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.

Vintage Information

The 2016 vintage experienced drought conditions throughout the year which led to low yields across the whole of Cataluña. The high temperatures in late August and September sped up the ripening process, especially in the younger vineyards. Towards the end of September, temperatures dropped and light rainfall alleviated vine stress and preserved acidity. Harvest started on 18th September and ended on 4th October.

Vinification

Harvest was carried out by hand with rigorous selection both in the vineyard and at the winery. The grapes underwent a long, cold maceration to ensure a progressive extraction of colour and flavour. Malolactic fermentation took place in oak and the wine was then aged for 12 months in four-year-old 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 black cherries, blueberries and a hint of spicy oak notes and a smoky minerality. This Priorat is full bodied and powerful, with ripe tannins, mouth-watering acidity and a long, fruit-driven finish.

Vintage Information

Vintage 2016
Grape varieties 85% Garnacha Negra
15% Garnacha Peluda
Region Priorat, Cataluña
Winemaker Jordi Masdeu
Alcohol (ABV) 14.5%
Acidity 3.6g/l
Residual Sugar 0.3g/l
Wine pH 3.4