The recovery of a Cellers Scala Dei classic. Massipa is the re-edition of one of the wines of the winery that was previously known as "Blanc de Scala Dei". With this wine we intend to show the freshest face of the White Grenache of Priorat. When tasting the wine of the year 1991 and check its conservation after all this time, we decided to resume its vinification from the same vineyard.
Scala Dei is the oldest winery in Priorat. Its origins lie in the lands surrounding the Scala Dei Monastery, where Carthusian Monks made wine as far back as the year 1163. Today, the same spirit of artisanal craftsmanship is maintained and adapted to new techniques. The Scala Dei wines are a true expression of the terroir, made using very special vineyards in a prime location. They stand out for being the oldest in the area, situated at altitudes between 400 and 800 metres, with distinctive soil and a variety of orientations.
The Grenache and Xenin were harvested at the same time.
The Grenache and Xenin were harvested at the same time. At the time of harvesting the Grenache was at the right point of ripeness, and the Xenin helped us to maintain acidity. On entering the winery the two varietals were pressed together and the must underwent static racking and was then poured into a cement tank where it fermented at a regulated temperature of 16-18ºC. Fermentation was commenced with local yeasts. After fermentation it was racked to remove the thick lees, leaving the fine ones. During the first two months of aging the wine was stirred once a week in the cement tank after which it was aged with the fine lees at the bottom of the cask.
It is a wine from a single vineyard, La Massipa, located right next to the vineyard of Masdeu, facing east, 650 meters high and red clay soil inlaid with plaster.
It is a wine from a single vineyard, La Massipa, located right next to the vineyard of Masdeu, facing east, 650 meters high and red clay soil inlaid with plaster. The vineyard is 45 years old and is the only one with white grapes from Cellers de Scala Dei. A path divides the vineyard in half: on one side is the White Grenache and on the other the Xenin, planted by Mr. Peyra at the end of the 80s with the arrival of French varietals to Priorat. The 2015 vintage was strange, especially until shortly before the harvest. We came from one of those very promising vintages: good winter and rainy spring (without excess), but with the arrival of summer we saw at once that it would be hot. So it was. It was a very warm summer, which led to an advance in ripening, especially in the low areas. The precipitations (although scarce) of the middle of August helped the vineyards of height. So, compared to previous vintages, we are faced with wines with a little more body and greater weight of ripe fruit.