The highland estate of Milmanda, dominated by the castle that gives it its name, is where Chardonnay finds the most favourable conditions for its development. Years of patient research have resulted in Milmanda. The complex and harmonious combination of aromas of this elegant, noble wine elevate it to truly world-class status.
Estate of origin: Milmanda (Conca de Barberà)
Story: 1,000 years of history. Milmanda was part of a route of medieval castles that sheltered Christians during the period of the Reconquista. The 12th century brought peace to the region and with it the return of winegrowing. In the vineyards around the castle, the Torres family now grows Chardonnay to produce this exclusive wine.
Yield: 5,000 Kg/ha. Manual selection of grape clusters.
Year vines planted: 1980
Surface area: 15 ha/ 37 acres
Elevation: 500 m
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. Reddish marl formations dating from the Oligocene period.
Annual average rainfall (historical): 587 mm
Annual total rainfall (current vintage): 685 mm
Annual average temperature (historical): 14.2ºC
Annual average temperature (current vintage): 14.3ºC
Origin: DO Conca de Barberà
Grape variety: Chardonnay
Alcohol level: 14% vol.
Total acidity: 5.1 g/L (a. tartaric)
Residual sugar: 1 g/L
Date grapes picked: From the 4th of Setember
Fermentation: Barrel fermented (100%) followed by partial (55%) malolactic fermentation.
Number of days of fermentation: 2-3 weeks
Fermentation temperature: 16ºC
Ageing: Aged in 300-liter barrels. 60% new French oak sourced from Nevers. 12 months lees aging.
Bottling month: March of 2016
The following number of bottles have been produced in this vintage:
26 858 Borgoñesa bottles (75 cl)
90 Magnum bottles (150 cl)
25 Jeroboam bottles (300 cl)
Generally 2014 was a rainy year, but much of the vegetative cycle experienced regular rainfall. In terms of temperature, most of the year was warm and saw fluctuations throughout, with a colder July and August.
Tasting Notes: Beautiful golden yellow in colour. Very intense, complex aroma with notes of fruit (citrus and peach compote) over a very fine background of vanilla. Oily and very big on the palate with superb acidity, pleasantly expressing the fruity notes of the aroma.
2012 vintage: Gold Medal, Chardonnay du Monde 2014
2012 vintage: The Global Masters - Gold Medal, The Drinks Business 2013
2010 vintage: 91 points, Wine Advocate 2014
2010 vintage: Gold Medal, International Wine Challenge 2012
2008 vintage: 91 points, Wine Advocate 2011
2008 vintage: Gold Medal, Challenge International du Vin 2010
1998 vintage: Gold Medal, Challenge International du Vin 2000
1998 vintage: Gold Medal, International Wine Challenge 2000
1997 vintage: Gold Medal, International Wine Challenge 1999
1995 vintage: Gold Medal, Challenge International du Vin 1997