In 1770 the monks of the Abbey of Montserrat settled in the els Desterrats property as penance. The area was renowned for its harsh
climate and tough conditions. Their work: To cultivate the land to provide food for the diocese. Their legacy: The discovery of a new terroir and a fine wine. The legend: Large barrels mysteriously disappeared. Some said that they were taken up to heaven by the angels.
Winemaking: Number of days of skin contact: 10-15 days / Type of fermentation: Alcoholic fermentation in stainless steel tanks. / 100% malolactic fermentation in the barrel. / Number of days of fermentation: 7-10 days / Fermentation temperature: 22ºC
Ageing: 100% barrel aging for 15–18 months (40% new French Nevers oak).
Area: Estate with 200 ha under vine, of which 50 are used to make Purgatori
Soil: Very deep, well-drained soils with a moderately fine texture, where lime trees are prevalent. The surface is not stony or gravelly and is dark yellowish-brown in colour. This soil has a low organic matter content and a very high calcium.
Precipitation: Annual total (current vintage): 306 mm
Temperature: Annual average 14.6°C
Tasting notes: Extraordinary dark cherry red color with great depth. Intense floral (violet) and fruit (cassis) aroma with exquisite Mediterranean garrigue (thyme) coming through, joined by notes of smoke and spices (cocoa). Full and intense on the palate, with ripe, velvety, wonderfully elegant tannins. An exceptional wine, flavorful and full bodied, with a characteristic, terroir-imparted hint of minerality (graphite).
Alcohol level: 14.5% vol.
Total acidity: 5.4 g/L (tartaric a.)
Residual sugar: <0.5 g/L
Ageing potential: 10 years
After a rather mild winter, the vegetative cycle got off to a relatively normal start with warmer temperatures in spring. Temperatures were also mild throughout the summer, with highs that never exceeded 35°C. Winter and spring rainfall contributed to good vine balance. The lack of rain during the summer and harvest season decreased production, but resulted in higher-quality grapes. These dry conditions in September and October, combined with cooler temperatures, benefited the gradual maturation of late-ripening varieties.
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