This wine takes its name from the walls that protected the monastery at Poblet during the Mercenary Wars. The unmistakeable identity of Grans Muralles is thanks to the stony, slate ground (Licorella) of the region, and the grape varieties believed to be extinct, such as Garró an Querol, using modern viticultural techniques. Together with Cariñena and Monastrell they create the unique spirit of this wine..
Origin: The unmistakeable identity of Grans Muralles is thanks to the stony, slate ground (Licorella) of the region, and the grape varieties used to make it. One century after the phyloxera plague the Torres family have begun to recuperate autoctonous grape varieties believed to be extinct, such as Garró and Samsó, using modern viticultural techniques. Together with red Garnacha, Mazuelo and Monastrell they create the unique spirit of this wine.
Appellation: DO Conca de Barberà
Grape varieties: Garnacha, Cariñena, Querol, Monastrell and Garró
Estate of origin: Grans Muralles
Location: Poblet, Conca de Barberà
Year vines planted: 1990-1996
Surface area: 32 ha (79 acres)
Elevation: 445 - 470 m
Orientation: North & North-East & North-West
Yield: 4.000 - 5.000 Kg/ha
Soil: Deep rocky soils with layered deposits of Paleozoic slate and granite gravel beds. Swift drainage and low water holding capacity. The mineral-rich soils and limited water supply contribute to the production of wines that display great typicity, concentration and exceptional quality.
Annual average rainfall (historical): 637 mm
Annual total rainfall (current vintage): 506 mm
Annual average temperature (historical): 14.2ºC
Annual average temperature (current vintage): 14.4ºC
Winemaking: Number of days of skin contact: 12-18 days / Type of fermentation: In small stainless steel tanks at a temperature of 24ºC with slow extraction / Number of days of fermentation: 12 days / Fermentation temperature: 24°C
Ageing: Aged in new French oak (Tronçais thin grain) for 18 months
Generally speaking, 2016 received more rainfall than usual, resulting in a year with higher humidity than normal. Temperatures were within normal range throughout the growth season, although fruit maturation saw slightly above-average highs.
Alcohol level: 14.5% vol.
Total acidity: 5.76 g/L (tartaric a)
Residual sugar: 0.4 g/L - Internal data -
Ageing potential: 10-15 years
7428 normal bottles, 285 Magnums, 31 Jeroboams
95 points, Decanter 2019
93+ points, Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate 2019
93 points, Decanter Magazine (Pedro Ballesteros) 2019
93 points, Wine Enthusiast 2019
92 points, JamesSuckling.com 2019
95 points, Wine Spectator 2015
97 points, Decanter Wine Awards 2019
95 points, Decanter 2018
94 points, JamesSuckling.com 2014
91 points, Wine Spectator 2018
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