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Producer: Clos MontblancGrape Varieties: 70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% MerlotOptimum Drinking: Within 8 yearsWine Style: Smooth, rounded Bordeaux style redAlcohol by Volume: 13.5%Closure: Natural CorkCountry: Spain
The winery is located in Barberá de la Conca, very close to two symbolic locations in the history of Catalonia: the fortified town of Montblanc and the Monastery of Poblet. It is an area steeped in history and tradition. Here the Cistercian monks settled, nearly a thousand years ago, with their firm goal of finding the way to perfection. Their ethos survives in the hearts of the local people today and can be clearly seen in the way in which they go about their day-to-day work.
From a geological point of view, it is an area with a rich, well-balanced soil which is grey and limey, full of variations, and which has the optimum natural qualities for viticulture.
This is the essence of the cellar, a pride in the land to which it belongs and a working system based on a thousand-year-old tradition, in addition to the use of the latest know-how in the field of oenology to create wines which have a unique character and a nature and sensitivity of their own.
Conca de Barberá, is an area through which the Anguera River runs and which is surrounded by the Tallat, Miramar and Prades mountain ranges. It enjoys a Mediterranean-Continental climate. The vineyards are favoured with hot summer days whilst also benefiting at night from the cooling breezes coming in from the Mediterranean Sea and from winters which provide a certain degree of continental harshness. This exceptional situation gives rise to extremes of temperature and thus, to drastic thermal variations between day and night, whilst, at the same time, maximum average rainfall is only 480mm. All of these optimum factors perform, together with the light, wind and water, to produce a harmony which, over time, and, together with the human touches (technological contribution, use of nature, pruning, watering, fertilisers ...etc.) give the “terroir” its special character.
Geography: The geographical location allows the development of a cultivation procedure with a view to achieving optimum yield from the vines, alternating flat with slope, sunny with shady, combining altitude with position and using both local and foreign varieties to achieve a perfect balance.
Viticulture: The vines are trained on wires for optimal light interception and air movement, and selected clones are used as well as fertilisers and natural cover, giving densities which can vary between 3,000 and 3,500 plants per hectare, which is carefully monitored both during the growing season as well as for selection during harvesting. In general, conditions are created which favour optimum fruit ripening in order to obtain loose, airy bunches in perfect condition and thus a homogenous "Veraison"and uniform insulation, in addition to simultaneous ripening allowing the grapes to acquire colour from the anthocyanins and making them rich in phenolic compounds.
The Winery: It was in 1988 that the Carbonell Figueras family took over the development of the winery, which had been a cooperative up until that time. It was then that the 5000m2 area which makes up the winery today was first conceived and planned. The space is currently divided into 3 areas: a vinification area, another area for bottling and shipping logistics and cellar constructed underground for the ageing process.
The cellar has the space and equipment for modern vinification and a production capacity of over one million bottles as well as deposits for micro-vinification (where wine is made from the family-owned vineyards), stainless steel tanks with inertia systems, isothermal deposits, two horizontal hydraulic presses and a pneumatic membrane press.
The winery has an ageing cellar containing more than 1,300 barrels and a wide range of coopers “tonellerie” from France, America and Hungary.
The winemaker Josep Vadrí has extensive experience in the vinification world and has worked with collaborators from vineyards in places as diverse as France, Chile and Australia. This experience has left its mark on his oenology, which is characterised by vanguard wines in which the fruit is brought to the fore by the ageing process and where each grape variety reveals the very best it has to offer.
Grapes: 70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot
Vineyard: Family-owned “Pagos”vineyards comprising 6 ha. of Cabernet Sauvignon and 4 ha. of Merlot grapes trained on wires and planted at the end of the 80s in terraced orchards at an altitude of 700 meters. These vines wind eastwards with a plantation density of around 3,000-3,500 plants/ha. and yields of approx. 4,800 kg/ha.
Soil: Rich calcareous texture with clay.
Harvest: Cabernet Sauvignon: Mid-October. Merlot: Mid-September.
Vinification & ageing: The wine is fermented in stainless steel tanks at a controlled temperature of between 25ºC and 28ºC. After that the wine undergoes maceration on skins and malolactic fermentation.
Following this it lies in French and American oak barrels for a period of 18 months.
Tasting notes: Reddish purple colour, bright and clean. Deep-rooted flavour with a touch of redcurrants, spices and tobacco, exuding freshness, subtlety and a silky essence.
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