Torres Mas la Plana is Torres’ flagship, and probably their most famous, red wine (although they do also release a very limited production wine above this called Torres Reserva Real). Unusually for Spanish red wine it is made from 100% Cabernet Sauvignon.
It is now 40 years since this mysterious Spanish wine was first released. It is now sometimes known as “The Black Legend” with its black label and dark Burgundy style bottle. Few had much faith in this project. Certainly, nobody back in 1979, could have dreamed that it would triumph in a Parisian blind tasting against some of the world’s most famous wines. In 1979, at the Gault-Millau Wine Olympiad, the 1970 vintage triumphed over some of the most famous wines in the world, including Chateau Latour and Chateau Haut Brion. This success has been repeated on many other occasions, with Mas La Plana notching up numerous other international awards. The wine and vinification has changed over the years. During the 1970s, Torres Mas La Plana was aged in American oak for 6 months prior to 12 or 18 months in old oal barrels. In 1990 the decision was made to age the wines in 100% French oak.
The Cabernet Sauvignon grapes for Torres Mas La Plana come from a 29 hectare vineyard which was planted between 1964 and 1979. The soils here are deep, retain water well and are primarily of gravel (limestone, dolostone) and alluvial limestone from the Miocene age. Only the very best parcels of grapes are selected to make strictly limited quantities of this prestigious red wine. After harvest the grapes undergo a period of maceration for 28 days followed by a 7 day fermentation in temperature controlled stainless steel (at 28 to 30c). The wine is aged for 18 months in new French oak barrels (85% new).