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Details for Mas Candi, Les Forques


CountrySpain
Region
AppellationPenedès
Grape
Cabernet Sauvignon
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Year2012
Producer
ABV14.5%


Penedès

Penedès is the largest and probably best-known wine region in Catalonia, in northeastern Spain.  It’s the closest one to Barcelona, being only an hour’s drive west from the region’s capital city.
 
The coastal strip ‐ Baix Penedès ‐ is the hottest, producing fortified wines and full reds.  Further inland white varieties dominate in the hills of the Central and Alt Penedès.  These have long been famous for Cava, Spain’s answer to Champagne, which is made largely from the traditional local varieties Xarel-lo, Parellada and Macabeo, although Chardonnay and, to a lesser extent, Pinot Noir are increasingly used.  Parts of Alt Penedès are over 800m and sufficiently cool to support Germanic varieties like Riesling.
 
Penedès reds are made mostly from the usual Catalan varieties: Garnatxa (Grenache), Tempranillo (called here Ull de Llebre), Samsó/Cariñena (Carignan) and Monstrell (Mourvedre).  However, it was an early adopter of “international” (i.e., French) varieties, mainly thanks to the efforts of the region’s dominant producer, Torres.  It has become the top region in Spain for fine Cabernet Sauvignon.


Mas Candí

Mas Candi was founded in 2006 as a collaboration of four young winemakers fresh out of viticulture college who wanted to make wine from their families' vineyards in Penedès. The fruit from these family vineyards had previously been sold to large producers, as is common in this area of Spain.
 
The focus here is very much on the grapes: all the vineyards are farmed organically and they have enthusiastically revived little-known old Catalan varieties.
 
The bulk of their vineyards are planted with the white Xarel-lo and were previously used for Cava production. Mas Candi now produce a range of still Xarel-lo whites as well as their own Cava. They also produce an unusual white Garnatxa, two reds (one from the very rare variety Mandó) and a pair of dessert wines.

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