2020 Torres, Mas de la Rosa, 3x750ml

2020 Torres, Mas de la Rosa, 3x750ml

Cariñena and Garnacha
Alcohol: 14%

Availability: 4 weeks

Case size: 3 / Bottle size: 750ml

Duty Status
From £576.00

Critics Score: 96+

Publication: Luis Gutierrez, Wine Advocate

Drinking Dates: 2023-2030

The current release of their top Priorat is the 2019 Mas de la Rosa, from the 1.9-hectare 80-year-old plot in Porrera that I finally visited with Miguel Tores junior. It's an impressive amphitheater of old vines planted with Cariñena and Garnacha on three different types of slate. 2019 was a super-dry vintage, and it was also warmer than average. The wine was produced with 60% Cariñena and 40% Garnacha that reached 14.1% alcohol while it kept a low pH (3.31), denoting freshness and close to six grams of acidity, reflecting a powerful year with good acidity. The two varieties fermented separately in small stainless steel tanks, and like the blend did for the first time in 2018, the élevage was in a 1,500-liter oak vat and lasted 18 months. 2019 was very dry but was very good for the long-cycle zones; the grapes were very healthy in Porrera, and the wine is elegant, delicate, with moderate extraction, with the vineyard blend. 2019 was very good in Porrera, and the wine is as fresh or even fresher than the 2018. It’s lively and it has good acidity and fine tannins. Temperatures dropped prior to harvest, and the grapes took time to ripen; it finished being a cool vintage in the higher vineyards of the village. It shows the place and vintage, coming through as quite classical. 2019 shows very complete, with complexity and depth. 1,564 bottles, 75 magnums and 23 double magnums were filled in March 2022.
Mas de la Rosa Vineyard
The Mas de la Rosa vineyard, hidden away in a secluded corner of the village of Porrera, was one of the first in the region dedicated to wine. The vineyard is planted in rocky terrain, on gravity-defying slopes. This is how the vineyard was originally envisaged and how it will continue, a paradigm of valiant winegrowing. This is where our most exclusive wine is produced, which takes its name from this singular vineyard in honour of the rebellious wife, Rosa, of a mid-eighteenth-century former owner. This 1.9-hectare vineyard is home to 80-year-old freestanding vines whose roots dig deep into the soil to carve a niche among the jagged, laminated llicorella slate that protrudes on the surface.

DOQ Priorat
Priorat is a small yet singular wine region located in the province of Tarragona at the foot of the Sierra del Montsant. The region comprises towns and villages that were once under the dominion of the Carthusian Monastery of Escaladei. Its singularity resides in its climate, orography, and geology. Our internationally renowned wines owe much of their character to the region’s llicorella black slate soils.

Vintage comments:
The climate conditions of this vintage are notable for the much higher-than-average precipitation levels that marked the end of winter and the beginning of the growth season. A warm, wet spring brought the vegetative cycle to a close, followed by a rather dry, hot summer with particularly
high temperatures in late August and early September. These springtime conditions caused outbreaks of downy mildew during bloom which affected a significant part of the crop. Weeks later, the vineyards presented signs of secondary downy mildew infection due to rainfall, relatively high humidity, and high temperatures, conditions which are unusual for DOQ Priorat. This reduced crop yields by about 30% across the entire region. Towards the end of September, the area saw two rain events and a drop in temperature, and although the amount of precipitation was not particularly significant, it
did mitigate the effects of the drought accumulated throughout the year.

· 2019 vintage: 96+, Wine Advocate (Luís Gutierrez)
· 2019 vintage: 96 points, JamesSuckling.com 2022
· 2018 vintage: 96 points, Wine Advocate (Luís Gutierrez)
· 2018 vintage: 95 points, JamesSuckling.com 2022
· 2018 vintage: 94 points, Wine Spectator 2022
· 2018 vintage: 96 points, Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate
· 2018 vintage: 94 points, Decanter 2021