Mas Collet

Tasting note:

Medium deep red with flucks of violet; ripe cherry flavours; blueberries; smooth well integrated oaky, toasty aromas; medium bodied; fruitdriven; fine ripe sweetness; good acidity; perfectly balanced; round ripe tannins; long ripefruit finish

Food pairing: 

Lamb, entrecote, game (partridge, quail, rabbit); pizza, pasta; stews, casseroles, vegetable (mussaka, ratatouille), cheese

Grape varieties: 

30% Garnacha
- 20% Garnacha del Pais (catalan, indigenous clone)
- 10% Garnacha Peluda („hairy“ leaves; imported from Southern France after Phylloxera
30% Cariñena
20% Tempranillo
20% Cabernet Sauvignon

Temperature controlled fermentation (26-29ºC)
all varieties were vinified separately in stainless steel tanks
maceration: 8-15 days
malo-lactic fermentation in tank
naturally cold stabilized, light iltration
soft fining before bottling

9  month aged in new up to five years old american and french oak barriques
light and medium toasted;  0/1 racking
after blending aged for 6 months in tank before bottling

Garnacha, Cariñena and Tempranillo vines (15-60 years old) from diferent parts of the valley
Cabernet Sauvignon: 5-15 years
Soil in the lower vineyards is alluvial while the higher vineyards and all terraces and slopes are on poor, mineral, stony soil based with some granite and slate.
altitude: 150-450m
prunning: Garnacha, Cariñena:  traditional bush vines;
the others on „wire“

manual ;harvest lasts from early september until mid october
yield: 1.2kg –1.5kg per vine; 40-50hl per ha

14 % vol. Alcohol
5,3 g/l acidity (tartaric)
<3 g/l residual sugar

140.000 botellas (75cl.) / 1.500 botellas Magnum

“Guía Peñín de los Vinos de España 2015”

  • Mas Collet 2012: 87p. 4*

Jancis Robinson "A Catalan Collection":

  • Capçanes Mas Collet 2011, 16.5p: Blend of Garnacha with Cabernet and Tempranillo and Uncle Tom Cobley. All oak aged. Neat garnet. Brilliant amount of fruit, integrity and character per penny. Great dry but not drying finish after more than a hint of llicorella! Real structure. Tastes far more expensive. VGV. Drink 2014- 2018 • £10 Theatre of Wine

Tim’s Tasting Notes:

  • Mas Collet Barrica(2011): 90p. An oak-aged blend of Garnacha, Tempranillo, Carignan and Cabernet Sauvignon from the Capçanes co-operative that shows why Montsant is such a good value alternative to neighbouring Priorat. The oak is just a top note here, despite the name of the wine, adding complexity to the flavours of plum, cassis and hot stones. The wine finishes with a dry, mineral flourish that ties it all together, like a bow on a gift-wrapped present.

Jancis Robinson "Purple Pages", 2014, by Ferran Centelles:

  • Capçanes, Mas Collet 2011 Montsant 15/20 Drink 2014-2015 Garnatxa, Carinyena, Ull de Llebre, Cabernet Sauvignon. 15-30 year old vines at 200-400 m. Diversity of vineyards from Capçanes and Guiamets. Nine months in American and French oak. This is a correct wine, easy drinking and not really concentrated. Sweet caramel, coffee and simple black fruit.

"Guía Intervinos" 2014, Spain:

  • Mas Collet 2011, 89p: Vino Muy Bueno

"LA GUIA de vins de Catalunya", 2014:

  • Mas Collet barrica 2011, 8.97p: Especiat/ Llaminer

"Guía Peñín de los vinos de España", 2014, Spain:

  • Mas Collet 2012, 87p Vino muy Bueno 35% Garnacha, 25% Cariñena, 25% Tempranillo, 15%Cabernet Sauvignon. Color cereza intenso, borde granate. Aroma potente, hierbas secas, fruta madura, fruta confitada. Boca lleno, frutoso, graso.

"Guía Palacio de los mejores vinos Iberoamericanos", Spain, Juny 2013

  • Mas Collet 2011 92p

"Guía Peñín" de los vinos de españa 2013, Spain:

  • "Mas Collet 2010" 88p Color cereza brillante. Aroma fruta madura, especias dulces, expresivo. Boca sabroso, frutoso, tostado, taninos maduros.

"Wein- plus", Germany: Mas Collet 2009, 86p

”Jancis Robinson, Julia Hardong: www.jancisrobinson.com ”:

  • “Mas Collet 2005…My choice this week is an indication of the outstanding consistency of quality and value for money represented by the wines from Celler Capçanes, …similar in style to those of Priorat but generally at lower prices. .. this wine stood out for its combination of intense, sweet dark fruit, firm structure and lovely freshness. But it's far more than a fruit bomb; there's a savoury sour cherry tang on the finish and the slight sweetness added by the oak spice morphs into a more complex meaty flavour on the palate, thanks to the extra time this wine has been allowed in bottle - unusual for a wine at this price.  This is seriously good value for money.

”Jancis Robinson – Wine of the week ”, England:

  • “Mas Collet 2001”:“I've been meaning to spotlight this exceptional Catalan producer in the hills above Tarragona for ages. Those who have come across its compact, well-made reds will already know their signature …Mind you, I take my hat off to any producer who is able to deliver a wine from a vintage as relatively 'old' as 2001, generally excellent in Spain, at such a low price. ..you can taste the same sort of earthy minerality as is evident in all good red Priorat….is very intense, ripe and full but very interesting, and could happily be cellared for another year or two.” For more informations: www.jancisrobinson.com

“Observer FOOD”, Tim Atkin/England:

  • Tim Atkin: "My top twelve bottles of the year!: Mas Collet…:you´d pay more for a wine from neighbouring Priorato, but you wouldn´t necessarily end up with a more pleasurable wine in your glass than this smoky, Grenache based wine from northern Spain.”

“Independent”, Anthony Rose”, /England:

  • “The 50 best wines this winter: Mas Collet ….this aromatic four-way blend is… seriously good Spanish kit with its spicy sweet, blackcurrant and cherrystone fruitness and smooth tannins topped of with the vanilla flavour of oak.”

“Telegraph Weekend”, /England:

  • “Wine of the week: Mas Collet….: A superb value red, bursting with warm flavours and seductive nuances of Mediterranean herbs, damsons and wild berries. A lovely, balanced wine…”

“The Guardian Weekend”, Malcom Gluck, /England:

  • "Mas Collet… is a magnificent red. It has tantalising berries, teeth-clenching tannins and a wondrous texture.” 17 points

“Evening Post (Mansfield), England:

  • “Mas Collet: … it is one of the best value Spanish wines around in terms of richness of flavour and depth. Quite a structure and body and eminently suitable …”

“The Irish Times Magazine, Mary Dowey”: Ireland

  • Mas Collet - Bottle of the week: “This is one of those sassy, soulful wines that makes you want to jump for joy – just because it tastes so pure, so “real”, in a world invaded by confected, characterless nonentities. Salute the new Spain! Made from the fruit of old Garnacha, Tempranillo, Cariñena and Cabernet Sauvignon vines by a reinvented co-op with vision, it has layer upon layer of vibrant flavour and a firm, long finish. The bottle just empties itself!”

“Wine Magazin”/England:

  • "Priorato: The revolution in the mountains has now spread to neighbouring Tarragona where the Capçanes coop ... making reds with the power of a second row forward (seek out Capçanes´Mas Collet for proof).."

“Decanter”, John Radford/England:

  • “The New Spain – Spain´s hottest wines…D.O.Montsant…the most notable wines are those from Celler de Capçanes” “John Radford´s Top Five: Mas Collet”

”Jancis Robinson - Webside”: England

  • “Celler de Capçanes reds: Just outside the official Priorat zone…is this marvellous producer. The Capçanes co-operative makes far, far better wines than it needs to satisfy its members. In fact, it seems to tailor-make them for value-conscious lovers of characterful reds thousands of miles away….Think of Celler de Capçanes reds as poor man´s Priorat in an unusual array of styles and none the worse for it….Mas Collet …the beauty of this wine is that it is not like any other. Its grape mix is unusual but, more than that, it clearly comes from a very distintive part of the world, where it hardly rains and the soil manages to impart a certain mineral strength… Costers del Gravet…Mas Donis…All these are wines to be chewed rather than gulped…”

Wine Guide “Andres Proensa 2004”, Spain:

  • “Mas Collet´2001”: 86 Points

Wine Magazine“Perswijn”, Netherlands:

  • Mas Collet´04”:15,5P

“Fahrenkamp-Die Weine Spaniens”:

  • “Mas Collet´02”: 88 P “… Capçanes hat sich den vergangenen Jahren zu einer der qualitativ führenden Cooperativen in Spanien entwickelt. …das Flagschiff der Region Montsant…"

“Mondo-Weine der Welt”: Germany

  • “Mas Collet 2000: 90P "…gute Konzentration und Würze im Bouquet, jugendliche Frucht; herrlich füllig und kompakt, viel Frucht, rauchige Noten im Hintergrund, auch etwas Schokolade, Tannine im Abgang ; nachhaltig" “… Klasse und Understatement… sie sind konzentriert wie gewohnt, enorm kraftvoll …ich kann mir gut vorstellen, dass einige Weine bei einer späteren Verkostung von mir höher bewertet werden"
  • “Mas Collet 2001”: 85 P
  • “Mas Collet´02”: 89 P “… die 2001er Spitzenweine von Capçanes… zeigten eindrucksvoll – obwohl immernoch enorm jugendlich – ihre Klasse … "
  • “Mas Collet´04”: 89 P

Weinführer “Hallwag  – 500 Weine unter 10€”: Germany

  • ”…der Mas Collet bringt sehr viel Fruchtaromen und feine Kräuternoten, aus denen ein beruhigender Duft von Kamilleblüten hervorsticht. Seine Röstaromen und der Kakaoduft sind Resultate der Lagerung in Barriquefässern. Auf das komplexe Bukett folgt ein weicher, vollmundiger Geschmack mit runden Gerbstoffen. Der stattliche Geschmack bleibt auch noch lange nach dem Schluck haften….Der Mas Collet ist ein ausgezeichneter Wein mit vielversprechender Zukunft, der nur knapp am dritten Glas vorbeiging.” Bewertung:2Gläser

“Unfiltered – VinVino Life”, Germany:

  • “Mas Collet 2000”:  86 Punkte

“Mondo-Weine der Welt”, Germany:

  • “Auch die neuen Weine von Capçanes erinnern sehr an Priorato – kraftvolle, eigenständige Weine, mit viel Charakter” “Mas Collet 2000” (Fass): Sehr gut bis hervorragend!

“Der Südwestweinführer Spaniens” von Drechsler,Franke, Peter, Germany

  • Mas Collet : Einer unserer Favoriten für den schmalen Geldbeutel…Auch am Gaumen absolut überzeugend…. Die kompakte Textur harmonisiert prächtig mit der ausgewogenen, gefälligen Art dieses Weines..…Lecker!… Fazit: KAUFEN, TRINKEN, STAUNEN
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