Scala Dei Massipa
This wine is the recuperation of a classic of Scala Dei Cellars. Massipa is the reissue of one of the wines that we had made in the past in the cellar, which was then named as “Blanc d’Scala Dei”, White of Scala Dei. With Massipa we aim at showing the fresh facade of the White Priorat’s Grenache. After tasting some bottles dating back from 1991 and ensuring how well it endured over time, we were determined to elaborate it again.
Varieties: 70% White Grenache 30% White Chenin
Alcohol content: 14% Vol.
Total tartaric acid: 5.6 g / l
It is a wine of an only vine, and the only white wine of the Grenache of Scala Dei. La Massipa is located next to the Masdeu vineyard, with a south-eastern orientation: 650 meters high and on red clay soil with plaster inlays. The vineyard planted in 1974 is the only one with white clusters of the Scala Dei Cellars. A path divides the vineyard in two halves: on one side there is the White Grenache and the other white Xenin.
The Grenache and the Xenin are harvested at the same time, when the Grenache is at its maturation point. At this moment, the xenin would miss some days if we would like to make a wine with only this variety, but in fact it particularly helps us maintain the acidity of this wine. Once in the cellar, it will take 24 hours in cold, then we press together the two varieties; we unscrew the must and transfer it to a concrete tank, where it is fermented at a controlled temperature. Once the fermentation is complete, we take off to remove the thicker ends and then left the thinner ones. The wine, to complete its breeding, is kept in a concrete tank for the first three months; afterwards, it is stored in static crianza (ageing) with fine lees in the background in a 1,200L foudre.
Robert Parker 2016: 92 points
Robert Parker 2017: 93 points
Robert Parker 2018: 93 points
Guía Peñín 2016: 94 points
2017 Peñín Guide: 94 points
Guía Peñín 2018: 93 points
Guía Peñín 2019: 93 points
Guide 365 days: 93 points
Guide to Catalonia wines 2017: 96 points
Guide to Catalonia wines 2019: 92 points
James Sucking 2018: 93 points
2018 Wine Yearbook: 90 points
Yearbook 2019 wine: 92 points
Andreas Larsson 2018: 92 points
Andreas Larsson 2019: 92 points
Gourmets 2019 Guide: 94 points