Mas de la Rosa, DOQ Priorat — 2016
- DOQ Priorat
In climatic terms, the year saw a dry winter, a rainy early spring, and very little rain in late spring and summer. Summer temperatures were not excessively high, which allowed for gradual ripening. There was a slight delay in maturation in late August, but very high temperatures during the first week of September accelerated sugar concentration.
- Harvest Date(s): From 16-17 of October
- Fermentation: 11 days in stainless steal under controlled temperature at 26ºC
- Malolactic: 12-14 days
- Barrel Aging: In French oak barrels for 16 months
- Varietal Composition: Garnacha and Cariñena
- Alcohol: 14.5% vol.
- TA: 6.02 g/L
- p H: 3.22
- RS: 1.5 g/L
Familia Torres Mas de La Rosa, DOQ Priorat — 2016 – Jancis Robinson – 17+ Points
Very fresh and sumptuous. Very unlike most Priorats. Polished. Very long and exceptionally fresh. Miguel Torres Maczassek is clearly very proud of this new, fresh style: 'it's all about fruit character'. The wine comes in a burgundy bottle.
Familia Torres Mas de la Rosa, DOQ Priorat — 2016 – Decanter – 97 Points
When a famous global brand enters the isolated enclave of Priorat, does it have the sensitivity to make a fine wine? Mas de la Rosa proves it’s possible. A small vineyard, lit by the morning sun, where 80-year-old Garnacha and Cariñena grow on steep slopes. 2016 was the first vintage and Torres has captured the delicacy of the vineyard. It’s silky with penetrating freshness, offering a memory of the slate soil. A great beginning.
Familia Torres Mas de la Rosa, DOQ Priorat – 2016 – Decanter – 97 Points
This wine represents the summit of Torres' experience in Priorat. The family has been in the region for a number of years, with its Salmos and Perpetual bottlings, but their deep understanding of the region is demonstrated in this jewel. A single-vineyard that must in time become a gran vinya classificada (grand cru) of Priorat. The name, Mas de la Rosa, honours the floral notes in the nose, with delicate fruit and no sign whatsoever of over-ripeness. Finely grained in the mouth, it's more Burgundian than Mediterranean: so fresh and savoury. Great!
Familia Torres Mas de la Rosa, DOQ Priorat – 2016 – The Wine Advocate – 94+ Points
The 2016 Mas de la Rosa is the bottled version of their new Priorat wine that I previewed last year under the name Santuari de la Rosa. This comes from 1.9 hectares of old vines planted in one of the first known properties in the village of Porrera, on a slope (a traditional "coster"), where the plants only get the morning sun, and the altitude (500 meters) and the constant wind in the zone result in a particularly fresh wine. I didn't have the time to visit the vineyard as I had planned, but I added it to my priority list for the next time I cover the region...