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Bodegas Mas Alta Black Slate La Vilella Alta 2014

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The inspiration for the Black Slate Project is a Burgundianconcept of village nomenclature, applied to the Priorat. Oneregion, nine historic villages, each with its distinct character butall unmistakably Priorat. Sun scorched vines cling tobreathtakingly steep hillsides with their roots deeply plunged inthe llicorella soils of this pristine, ancient region.

Bodegas Mas Alta is a joint project with renowned Rhonenegociant and winemaker, Michel Tardieu, and noted Frenchenologist, Philippe Cambie. It is located in the middle of D.O.C.Priorat, based in the village of Vilella Alta. The estate vineyardsare high density plantings at approximately 1050 feet above sealevel, in front of Serra del Montsant, a mountain range thatreaches 3300 feet. Very steep and abrupt, the altitude,inclination, and slopes make a decisive influence on grape'smaturity. The vineyards of La Viella Alta are situated on steepslopes of slates alongside of what once was the river ofEscaladei. The heat of south-facing vineyards combing with thecooler north-facing parcels to create a well-balanced wine withripe fruit and softness.
Bodegas Mas Alta Black Slate La Vilella Alta 2013

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Based in the traditional village of Vilella Alta, Bodegas Mas Alta is the culmination of five Belgian partners' common desire to produce a great wine. This dream is now taking shape thanks to the advice of Michel Tardieu and Philippe Cambie, and as the result of the work done by a passionate team every day. Choice of vineyard is crucial for the production of highly expressive wines that combine character and elegance. We have planted some 35 hectares of vines since 1999 on land classified as being part of the DOQ Priorat, carefully selecting the plots in so doing. In fact most of our vineyard is planted at altitude, on slate. Depending on the plot's characteristics, we either plant varieties traditional to this region – carignan and grenache – or varieties such as cabernet sauvignon or shiraz. These young vines, whose potential quality is already very promising, represent the future of Bodegas Mas Alta: We also purchase grapes from local winegrowers, often from the village, to make our wines. These winegrowers are the custodians of Priorat's traditional heritage. In fact the essence of our vintages – old vines – comes from these winegrowers. Vines aged 50 years and more naturally produce fewer grapes, the first step towards quality wine... Their deep, well-established roots thus enable them to achieve full maturity, consistency, less dependence on climatic conditions. It is without question the ultimate, pure expression of the terroir.
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