Miguel A Torres,Â stalwart of theÂ Spanish wineÂ industry and an iconic figureÂ on the international wineÂ stage, was in India recentlyÂ after many years. DuringÂ his brief stay, he conductedÂ a masterclass of one of hisÂ top labels â€“ Mas La PlanaÂ which is synonymous withÂ the legendary man whoÂ created it, Miguel A TorresÂ himself, whose pioneering spirit prompted him toÂ plant Cabernet SauvignonÂ in the PenedÃ¨s at the end ofÂ the 1960s and early 1970s.
Known as the LegendÂ in Black, Mas La Plana is anÂ exceptional wine, producedÂ from a small, 29-hectareÂ vineyard where only the mostÂ select Cabernet SauvignonÂ grapes are grown. TheseÂ are used to make strictlyÂ limited quantities of Torresâ€™sÂ most prestigious red wine,Â internationally renownedÂ and sought after. In the ParisÂ Wine Olympiad, organisedÂ by the French magazine,Â Gault-Millau in 1979, theÂ first vintage (1970) of Mas LaÂ Plana triumphed over someÂ of the most distinguishedÂ Cabernet Sauvignons in theÂ world, including BordeauxÂ greats such as ChÃ¢teauÂ Latour, which came second.
This early success hasÂ been vindicated over theÂ years with Mas La PlanaÂ winning numerous otherÂ international awards,Â numbering as much as oneÂ hundred, to date. AlthoughÂ every vintage reveals smallÂ differences, the wine remainsÂ true to its terroir and is aÂ wonderfully deep CabernetÂ with ripe, fruity tannins. ItÂ shows intense varietal notesÂ reflecting the vineyardâ€™sÂ microclimate with aromasÂ of blueberries, blackberries, and the Mediterranean
forest. Drink it mindfully toÂ discover its several nuances.Â Savour the mouth-filling,Â velvety tannins on the longÂ midpalate, whose depth andÂ volume develop naturally,Â with seamless elegance.Â To truly appreciate its fullÂ character, you will need toÂ go back to Mas La PlanaÂ again and again. In case youÂ havenâ€™t guessed by now, Iâ€™mÂ smitten by the wine!
MRPÂ Rs 7,950. DistributedÂ by Prestige Wines & Spirits. Other Torres wines alsoÂ available in India: ViÃ±a Sol,Â Sangre de Toro, ViÃ±a Esmeralda,Â Celeste, Altos IbÃ©ricos and GranÂ Coronas
This note is extracted from the print version of SommelierIndia â€“ The Wine Magazine