Scala Dei Masdeu
It is a wine of a single vineyard, from Grenache vines planted back in 1974 in a vase, with calcareous-lime soils which reach almost 800 meters above sea level in the highest part of the vineyards, the south-eastern. It is vinified ancestrally and bred for about a year and a half in cement cups and foudres.
Varieties: 100% Black Grenache
Alcohol degree: 15.5
Total tartaric acid: 5.5 g / l
MASDEU is a vineyard planted on terraces, located on the Montsant slope. It is the vineyard that Scala Dei Cellars has at its highest point, the highest terrace goes up to 800 meters high. The ground is of red clay in its lowest part, so as to increase the content of limestone as we reach the last terrace, where there is a completely calcareous stone floor. The orientation is southeastern and it was replanted during the twentieth century, in 1974. It is one of the vineyards where the monks had planted Garnacha for centuries.
With this wine we wanted to recover an elaboration heritage that was archetypal from Priorat and that takes us to the first bottling of Scala Dei’s cellars.
So, having investigated how those bottles of the 70s had been elaborated, we have vinified the Masdeu. Its harvest takes place during the third week of October, in small boxes, with 100% of the rapeseed in fermentation, but with pressed grapes (not whole). It is then fermented in small cement deposit of 3,500 liters, imitating the temperature peaks of the last century’s fermentations, without adding any yeast. It is then pressed in the same cement tank.
Robert Parker: 96 points (Masdeu 2011 and 2014)
Robert Parker: 95 points (Masdeu 2012/13)
Peñín Guide: 92 points (Masdeu 2012)
Peñin Guide: 95 points (Masdeu 2013/14)
Guide to Catalonia wines 2015: 98 points (Masdeu 2011) best wine from Catalonia
Wine Spectator 2017: 94 points (Masdeu 2013)
Wine Spectator 2018: 94 points (Masdeu 2014)
Wine & Spirits: 95 points (Masdeu 2013)
Guide to Catalonia wines 2019: 98 points
Andreas Larson 2018: 95 points (Masdeu 2014)