The family-run winery Masia Serra crafts artisan and traditional wines from its vineyards located in the town of Cantallops, a town near the Catalan-French border constantly swept by a harsh, implacable northern wind called Tramuntana.
The composition of this Spanish red wine, crafted by the Masía Serra winery in the rugged, dry hills of northern Catalonia, is different from previous vintages. This time, Aroa is a single varietal Grenache, coming from vines planted in 1961.
Produced in the heart of L'Empordà, the grapes were harvested by hand and carefully selected in the vineyard. Brought to the cellar in little boxes, they were destemmed, gently crushed and put into stainless steel tanks, where they completed fermentation and maceration. Finally, Masía Serra Aroa 2017 was aged for 12 months in new French oak barrels.
Drink this Crianza red wine over the next 4-5 years. Decant 1 hour before drinking.
Aroa, incidentally, is the name of the daughter of Jaume Serra and his wife, owners of the winery.
Production of only 2,800 bottles.
The red wine Masia Serra Aroa has an intense, clean, medium-high, red-coloured robe with a garnet rim.
This a mineral Grenache from L'Empordà with a highly distinctive character. Quite different, for instance, from those produced in Priorat. Ripe red fruit, some spicy and sweet nuances, a distinctive note of dry earth and flowers, and hints of balsam and lavender.
Good entrance, showing a medim-high body, great acidity and ripe tannins. This Crianza red wine by Masia Serra is impetuous and fresh, with focus and precision. Besides the red fruit, which is remarkably pure, it has a distinctive remembrance of citrus, dry earth and some mineral undertones. The wine feels quite young, though, with a great potential for improvement. Finish is quite long, with some smokey and mineral remembrances.
|Our personal opinion||
Complex and interesting, with a very limited production, Masia Serra 2017 has something of a misterious, unique quality in it.
Masia Serra Aroa 2013:
Blend of Grenache & Marselan. Enterwine 92. Peñín 91.
Masia Serra Aroa 2012:
|Bottle size||75 cl|
|Should this wine be decanted?||One hour before serving|
|Does this wine follow the guidelines of biodynamic Farming?||No|
|Is this product free of sulfites?||No|
|Type of ageing||Months in French oak barrels from Allier|
|Number of months aged in Barrels||12|
|Name of Award||No|
|Percentage of variety||No|
|Pairings||Alone, Duck, Rice with meat, Roasted foods, Roasted lamb, Roasted red meats, Rosted piglet, Soup and rice, Stew, Stews|
|Taste||Complex and Elegant, Tasty with barrel notes, Very intense and inky|
|Occasion||A special occasion, Because you deserve it, Dinner with friends, Romantic Dinner, To bring to an engagement|
I'm beginning to understand Empordà. Similar to Priorat, not as intense though. The wines there are very mineral, but completely characteristic. This is not cheap, but it deserves a try. Intense and powerful, with a salty twist.