Mas Candi: making the most of Catalan grape varieties


Mas Candi: making the most of Catalan grape varieties

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Mas Candi is a fairly new project (established 2006) that’s a collaboration between four viticulture and enology students who wanted to make wines from their families’ vineyards. The focus is mainly on indigenous Catalan varieties. They’re really interesting. UK agent is Indigo Wines.

Mas Candi Desig 2013 Penedès, Spain
13% alcohol. This is made from Xarel-lo planted in 1961. Vivid, fruity nose with lemon, pear and some spice. The palate is bright with grapefruit and herbs. Pure, with lovely precision. Lovely fine herbal notes alongside the grapefruit, and keen acidity. 90/100 7/14

Mas Candi Ovella Negra 2012 Penedès, Spain
13% alcohol. Old vine Garnatxa Blanca. Powerful, lively and exotic with notes of minerals, apples and pears. Real intensity of flavour with keen acidity and even a bit of tannic grip. Distinctive and quite lovely. 91/100

Mas Candi Les Forques 2010 Penedès, Spain
From Cabernet Sauvignon planted in 1983. Sweet, supple, spicy, warm black cherry and blackberry fruit with a lovely smooth texture and notes of tea, herbs and spice. Warm and ripe and mellow with lovely balance and well integrated oak. Supremely balanced. Noticeably Spanish, but elegant. 93/100

Mas Candi Vincle Mandó 2013 Penedès, Spain
12% alcohol. Fresh, lively and sipple with pure, primary cherry fruit and some plummy notes. Quite mineral with good acid. Primary and slightly reduced: a fresh, vital red with notes of sour cherries and spice. 89/100

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