Wine's aroma is clean and intense with notes of red fruits on a background of fresh cakes and pastry. Sweet, spicy and smoky balsamic notes. The palate has a sweet attack, nice and balanced. Medium body, sweet tannin and well integrated alcohol and acidity.
Food match: pizza, pasta salad, chicken; this wine is quite versatile as it has needed freshness to be paired with lighter dishes and white meats, but also with richer stews if you do not want to overpower the meal.
Produced in a fabulous old estate (with a castle) in Cataluña inland from Penedès and just behind Montserrat. Frank Margenat is the current incumbent, from a family that traces its ownership of the estate back 1000 years, and has been responsible for reinvigorating its wine production. 45 hectares of certified organic vineyards growing Macabeo, Malvasia, Merlot, Mando, Syrah, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon and most notably Picapoll Blanco and Picapoll Negre; two indigenous grape varieties sharing a name but otherwise unrelated that set this DO apart and in the case of Negre, this estate. Oller del Mas were granted exclusive growing rights for 7 years since recovering this variety from some odd plants found on the estate.
Blend: Syrah 40%, Cabernet Franc 25%, Merlot 20%, Picapoll Negre 10% Cabernet Sauvignon 5%
ABV: 13% (quite low for such an expressive wine we think)
Certified organic, suitable for vegetarians and vegans.