Familia Torres

Penedès, Spain

Milmanda, DO Conca de Barberà — 2017

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  • Introduction

    • Milmanda was historically part of a route of medieval castles that sheltered Christians during the period of the Reconquista. The Torres Family acquired ownership of the land in 1979 and restored the castle to its historical glory. Chardonnay vines were planted in 1980 surrounding the castle to produce this expressive single vineyard wine.

  • Vineyard Profile

    • Appellation: DO Conca de Barberà
    • Soil: Deep silt-rich calcareous clay soils that are moderately well drained and have a very high water holding capacity. They encourage balanced vegetative growth in Chardonnay and produce wines that are very varietally expressive and well suited to barrel aging.
  • Vintage Report

    • The 2017 vintage experienced a dry growing season overall, which led to a decrease in production. Temperatures were within normal range, with a warm growth cycle and a month of June that was 2ºC (4ºF) above average, whereas the ripening period registered slightly lower-than-normal temperatures.

  • Vinification

    • Fermentation: Barrel fermented and later partial malolactic fermentation (50%)
    • Aging: 10 months of lees aging in vats.
    • Barrel Aging: In 300-liter barrels (50% new oak) for 4-6 months, followed by 10 months of lees aging in vats
  • Technical Information

    • Varietal Composition: 100% Chardonnay
    • Alcohol: 13.5%
    • TA: 6.03 g/L
    • p H: 3.10
    • RS: 1.1 g/L
  • Tasting Notes

    • Milmanda is a crisp, refreshing white wine with lively aromatic expression and a medium body. Notes of oak and orchard fruit dominate the palate supported by layers of ripe pineapple, bright citrus and a smoky finish. This is a Chardonnay to enjoy with roast pork or barbecued seafood.

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  • Familia Torres Milmanda, DO Conca de Barberà — 2017 – Wine Enthusiast – 90 Points

    Slightly prickly aromas of apple, passion fruit and oak introduce a full palate. Briny apple flavors include a pop of scallion and green herbs, while this single-vineyard Chardonnay is steady on a finish held together by acidity. Drink now. 

  • Familia Torres Milmanda, DO Conca de Barberà — 2017 – James Suckling – #51 Top 100 Wines of Spain – 95 Points

    Wow. A glorious chardonnay that I have been admiring for decades. It’s full-bodied with layers of ripe apple, hints of white peach and nougat and vanilla undertones. Creamy. It’s full-bodied and gorgeous all the way through. Drink or hold.

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