Familia Torres

Penedès, Spain

Purgatori, DO Costers del Segre — 2021

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  • Introduction

    • WINERY: Familia Torres founded its first winery in Villafranca del Penedès in 1870, over 150 years ago, but its roots in the winegrowing traditions of Spain date back to the 16th century. Five generations have carried the family business forward, passing on their passion for wine culture from parents to children — a passion steeped in respect for land and tradition, and a firm belief in innovation. Today the family focuses on wines from unique vineyards and historical estates, as well as the recovery of ancestral varieties.

  • Vineyard Profile

    • The Purgatori estate has 200 ha (494 acres) of organic vineyards in DO Costers del Segre, spread over the valley and slopes that climb to 550 meters (1805 ft) at their highest point. The vineyards are very high quality thanks to the extreme continental climate, with a wide temperature variation in summertime. This, combined with the lack
      of water, favors a slow ripening of the grape, leading to wines with great aromatic intensity.

    • Appellation: DO Costers del Segre
    • Location: Catalunya
    • Cultivation: Organic
    • Soil: Deep, well-drained soils with fine texture. This soil has low organic matter and high calcium content.
    • Density: 50 hectares
  • Vintage Report

    • In general, 2021 had low rainfall, but there was a lot of snowfall in January. This resulted in a total snow deposit of 70 cm in the high-lying areas of the l’Aranyò estate, which was beneficial for the growth of the grapevines. The temperatures were within the normal range, with February being warmer than usual.

  • Vinification

    • Fermentation: Alcoholic fermentation in cement and stainless steel tanks
    • Malolactic: 100% malolactic fermentation in the barrel
    • Barrel Aging: 100% barrel aging for 9-12 months (30% new French Nevers oak)
  • Technical Information

    • Varietal Composition: Cariñena and Garnacha
    • Alcohol: 14.5%
    • TA: 4.8 g/L
    • p H: 3.65
    • RS: <0.5 g/L
  • Tasting Notes

    • Deeply opaque, intense garnet colour. Expressive, rich, and fruit-laden (blueberry, morello or sour cherry jam) nose with spicy (black pepper) notes and dried fruit (fig, dates, dried plum) undertones that meld with oak imparted toasty nuances. The palate is light and velvety, delicate rather than nervy, but persistent and pleasant.