Torres Milmanda Chardonnay, Conca de Barbera DO

£41.25 / bottle
£470.25 / case (12+ bottles, 5% off)

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Torres Milmanda Chardonnay is Miguel Torres’ top white wine, it is 100% Chardonnay from Conca de Barbera DO.

The Torres family has been making wine in the ancient Catalán town of Vilafranca del Penedès, south-west of Barcelona, since the 17th Century. It is this tradition combined with innovation, dynamism and commitment to quality that has put Torres firmly on the world map. 

Torres discovered that their historic 15 hectare highland estate of Milmanda, which is dominated by the castle that gives it its name, is where Chardonnay grows the very best of all their vineyards. Milmanda was part of a route of medieval castles that gave shelter to Christians during the time of the Reconquista. In the 12th century peace came to these lands and vine-growing began anew.

Conca de Barbera DO is a Spanish wine-making Denominacion de Origen (DO) located in the southern part of Catalonia, between the provinces of Tarragona and Lleida, in the basin of the Francolí and Anguera Rivers. The vineyards of Conca de Barbera DO are protected from the sea by the mountains and have been traditionally known for its white wines. It achieved official status in 1985. MIlmanda was first produced in the mid-1980s as a tribute to the Cistercian monks who came to the region from Burgundy, the home of Chardonnay. 

Torres Milmanda Chardonnay is a single vineyard wine. The vines were planted in 1980 at an elevation of 500m. There Milmanda vineyard has deep silt-rich calcareous clay soils that are moderately well drained and have a very high water holding capacity. This encourages balanced vegetative growth in Chardonnay and produces wines that are very varietally expressive and well suited to barrel ageing. There are also reddish marl formations dating from the Oligocene period. The grapes are harvested by hand with a manual selection of grape clusters. After the harvest and pressing the wine undergoes 100% barrel fermentation followed by 50% malolactic fermentation. The wine is aged in 300 litre barrels (80% new oak) for 4–6 months. This is followed by 10 months of lees ageing in vats.

 

Tasting Notes

Torres Milmanda Chardonnay is a crisp, refreshing white wine with lively aromatic expression and a medium body. Notes of oak and orchard fruit dominate the palate supported by layers of ripe pineapple, bright citrus and a smoky finish. 

Food Pairing

Enjoy with roast pork or barbecued seafood.

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