Mas La Plana is a 29-hectare vineyard located in the heart of Penedès. The Cabernet Sauvignon vines were planted by Miguel A. Torres back in 1966. The vineyard has very deep, dark and yellowish brown soils. The topsoil is rich in sand and stones while the subsoil is gravel.
In the Paris Wine Olympiad, the 1970 vintage triumphed over some of the most famouswines in the world, including Chateau Latour. This success has been repeated on several other occasions, with Gran Coronas Mas La Plana notching up numerous other international awards.
Appellation: DO Penedès (Mas La Plana vineyard, Alt Penedès, Catalunya)
Year vines planted: 1964-1979
Surface area: 29 ha/72 acres
Elevation: 225 m
Orientation: South East
Yield: 4,593 Kg/ha. Grape clusters are selected manually
Soil: Deep, yellowish grey-brown alluvial soils that are well-drained and have a moderate water holding capacity. Made up of alternating layers of gravel, sand and clay.
Annual average rainfall (historical): 549 mm
Annual total rainfall (current vintage): 455 mm
Annual average temperature (historical): 14.3ºC
Annual average temperature (current vintage): 14.6ºC
Grape variety: Cabernet Sauvignon
Alcohol level: 14.5% vol.
Total acidity: 5.3 g/L (a. tartaric)
Residual sugar: 1.2 g/L
The beginning of 2012 and much of the vegetative cycle were very dry except for a very wet April and scattered rainfall in October. This led to a significant drop in production by the end of the cycle, but the grapes couldn't have been healthier. Temperatures were relatively normal throughout the vegetative cycle and higher toward the end of the summer.
Harvest: Date grapes picked: From the 4th of October
Number of days of skin contact: 15-25 days
Type of fermentation: In stainless steel under controlled temperature 25-28C for 7 days
Ageing: During 18 month in French oak barrels (85% of new barrels)
Bottling month: August of 2014
The following number of bottles have been produced in this vintage:
105 180 Standard bottles (75 cl)
641 Magnum bottles (150 cl)