White wine from D.O Priorat (80% Garnacha blanca, 20% Chenin)
Massipa is the reissue of one of the wines of the winery that had been elaborated in the past with the name of “White of Scala Dei”. With this wine, they want to demonstrate the fresher face of the White Grenache in the Priory in conjunction with the scarce Chenin. It comes from a vineyard, La Massipa, the only one planted with white varieties that the winery owns. A wine that has demonstrated a good aging ability.
The two varieties were harvested and pressed together, and the must put to ferment in a 1,200-liter oak foudre. During the first two months the lees were stirred periodically and then let to settle and mature for a further ten months. The nose is very elegant and subtle, with fine aniseed and spice aromas, lightly oaked, with a core of white fruit and balsamic herbs. The palate felt a little austere and tightly coiled, with very good acidity and a sharp finish.
The unprecedented association of white Grenache and Chenin underscores its uniqueness. “It displays Mediterranean character, with notes of fennel and herbs, mineral nuances”.
The origins of Cellers de Scala Dei go back to the 19th century when, following the confiscation of Mendizabal, the families of the current owners acquired the land of the Carthusian Scala Dei.
The owners of Scala Dei became the pioneers of wine bottling in the Priorat. The first bottles of wine of the Priorat left in 1878 of this winery heading for the Universal Exhibition of Paris.
In 1974, Celler Scala Dei refounds and brings out the first modern wines and in 2000, the Codorniu Group entered the shareholders of Cellers Scala Dei.