Miguel A Torres, stalwart of the Spanish wine industry and an iconic figure on the international wine stage, was in India recently after many years. During his brief stay, he conducted a masterclass of one of his top labels – Mas La Plana which is synonymous with the legendary man who created it, Miguel A Torres himself, whose pioneering spirit prompted him to plant Cabernet Sauvignon in the Penedès at the end of the 1960s and early 1970s.
Known as the Legend in Black, Mas La Plana is an exceptional wine, produced from a small, 29-hectare vineyard where only the most select Cabernet Sauvignon grapes are grown. These are used to make strictly limited quantities of Torres’s most prestigious red wine, internationally renowned and sought after. In the Paris Wine Olympiad, organised by the French magazine, Gault-Millau in 1979, the first vintage (1970) of Mas La Plana triumphed over some of the most distinguished Cabernet Sauvignons in the world, including Bordeaux greats such as Château Latour, which came second.
This early success has been vindicated over the years with Mas La Plana winning numerous other international awards, numbering as much as one hundred, to date. Although every vintage reveals small differences, the wine remains true to its terroir and is a wonderfully deep Cabernet with ripe, fruity tannins. It shows intense varietal notes reflecting the vineyard’s microclimate with aromas of blueberries, blackberries, and the Mediterranean
forest. Drink it mindfully to discover its several nuances. Savour the mouth-filling, velvety tannins on the long midpalate, whose depth and volume develop naturally, with seamless elegance. To truly appreciate its full character, you will need to go back to Mas La Plana again and again. In case you haven’t guessed by now, I’m smitten by the wine!
MRP Rs 7,950. Distributed by Prestige Wines & Spirits. Other Torres wines also available in India: Viña Sol, Sangre de Toro, Viña Esmeralda, Celeste, Altos Ibéricos and Gran Coronas
This note is extracted from the print version of SommelierIndia – The Wine Magazine