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Producer: Mas de les VinyesGrape Varieties: Macabeo 80%, Grenache Blanc 20%Optimum Drinking: Within 5 yearsWine Style: Dry yet textural whiteAlcohol by Volume: 13.5%Closure: Natural CorkCountry: Spain
An easy drinking and versatile white blend with delicate floral and ripe fruit aromas from the Macabeo, balanced by pleasant sweetness from the white Grenache. Lively and refreshing with a zesty, dry finish.
Mas de Les Vinyes is a family winery based in Cabacés, Tarragona. With a long history of cultivating wine grapes alongside other fruit trees, in the 1990s the family decided to focus on producing its own high quality wines. In 1999, they built their own winery and with an intrinsic passion for the land, they concentrated on the cultivation of international varieties Merlot, Syrah and Cabernet Sauvignon alongside the traditional varieties of Grenache, Carignan and Macabeo. The result is a stylish range of modern, youthful and uplifting wines, which are full of vibrant personality and are a reflection of contemporary Spanish lifestyle.
A warm, dry summer was followed by a particularly hot start to the autumn which resulted in slightly higher alcohol levels. The vines were in excellent condition at harvest, with very healthy, ripe grapes and excellent phenolic maturity. The 2015 vintage was very good in DO Montsant for reds and whites, resulting in wines with excellent varietal typicity.
The vineyard is located in the DO Montsant in the north eastern Spanish province of Tarragona. The vines are grown at 480 metres above sea level where the diurnal temperature range is excellent for the production of quality grapes; warm days contrast with cool nights which help to extend the ripening period, encouraging the grapes to develop rich varietal characteristics while retaining balancing acidity. The natural weather conditions in the vineyard have enabled disease prevention with just the use of copper and sulphur preparations. The vines are cultivated following a philosophy of sustainable agriculture, with minimal intervention in the vineyard; synthetic products are avoided. The soils are sandy loam with sedimentary shale and incorporate a rich ecosystem.
The grapes were harvested at optimal maturity levels and vinified using traditional techniques at low temperatures. Following fermentation the wine rested on its lees with regular lees stirring or ‘bâtonnage’, imparting complexity and texture. The wine was aged for two months in French and American oak barrels.
Seafood paella, sushi, light Asian-inspired fish dishes, or Mexican cuisine.
Macabeo 80%, Grenache Blanc 20%
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