Scala Dei Massipa 2018 NEW VINTAGE
The recovery of a classic of Cellers de Scala Dei. Massipa is the reedition of one of the wines that we had made in the past in the cellar, then it was called “Blanc d’Scala Dei”. With Massipa our intention is to show the fresh face of the Priorats White Grenache. After tasting some bottles of this 1991 wine and realising how well is had resisted the passage of time, we are excited to be once again making it.
Varieties: 70% White Grenache 30% White Chenin
Alcohol content: 14% Vol.
Total tartaric acid: 5.6 g / l
It is a wine from a single vineyard, and the only white wine in the the Garnatxas de Scala Dei project. La Massipa, located right next to the Masdeu vineyard, with southeast orientation, 650 meters high and red clay soil with gypsum incrustations. The vineyard planted in 1974 is the only one with white grapes at Cellers de Scala Dei. A track divides the vineyard in half: on one side is the white Grenache and the other the white Chenin.
The Grenache and the Chenin are harvested at the same time, when the Grenache is at its maximum ripeness. At this moment, the Chenin would normally need more time, if we were to make a wine with this single variety, but at this point it helps us maintain the acidity of this wine. Once in the cellar, it will be kept 24 hours at cold temperatures and then both varieties are pressed together; we remove the must and transfer it to a concrete tank, where it is fermented at a controlled temperature. Once the fermentation is complete, we remove the larger sediments and leave the finer lees. The wine, to complete its ageing, is kept in a concrete tank for the first three months; afterwards, it undergoes a static ageing with fine lees in a 1200 litre oak 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