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Capçanes Pansal del Calás.


Tasting note:

Very dark, almost black with blueish-violet shades  and high viscosity; An enormous flavour concentration, based on very ripe seductive dark fruits like roasted aromas of plums, cassis and dark cherries combined with currant, toasty, coffee, mokka aromas. It shows a perfect harmony of alcohol and lively acidity full bodied, ripe and rich tannins and a lovely sweet mouthfeeling:  The secret of this wine is it´s perfect sugar balance and focus on red wine. It never feels sticky sweet nor tiring!

Food pairing: 

The relatively low sugar level (compared to other Sweet Reds like Banyuls or Port) allows to have this wine even with main 

 like roasted beef, game, roasted duck, stews, Steak, oxtrail, or smoked fois gras... and any kind of bitter flavours like coffee, nuts, bitter chocolate, smooky, toasty aromas...and fresh and mature cheeses...and simply by itself...or as a good Port with a cigarre.


Grape varieties: 

70% Garnacha
- 40% Garnacha del Pais (catalan, indigenous Klon)
- 30% Garnacha Peluda („hairy“ leaves; imported from Southern France after Phylloxera
30% Samsó (Cariñena)


On the 10-15th day of fermentation (at a moment the fermented must contains around 12% Alc.) it was halt with the addition of high percentage (96%) rectified grape alcohol retaining a natural sweetness of 70-80 g/l, and fortified up to the 16,5%Alc.
both varieties were vinified together in stainless steel tanks
temperature controlled fermentation (27-29ºC; indegenous yeast)
mazeration: 24 days
it´s not cold stabilized, light filtration
no finning

otally 18-24 months aged in French oak barrels
first 3 months aged in 3-6 years old barrels; 1 racking
and later on another 12-18 months in new and one year old barrels (228l); Allier and Never; light and medium toasted; no  racking
after barrel assemblage aged for a minimum of 3months in tank before bottling

small plots of old Garnacha and Cariñena bush vines (40-85 years old)
terroir: clay, granit; very mineral; two plots of slate
slopes and terrases
altitude: 200-550m

late harvest: mid/end of october
by hand in 20kg boxes, and later on hand sorted
yield: 250 to 1000g per vine
20hl/ha (Garnacha); 25hl/ha (Cariñena )

16,5 % vol. Alcohol
5,5 g/l acidity (tartaric)
75 g/l residual sugar

5.000 to 8.000 bottles (50cl.)




CAPÇANESa village hidden away in the Priorato hills inland from Tarragona is the source of many fine wines today but has a long wine growing history.

Prior to Phylloxera at the turn of the 19th century  was very densely planted but after the devastation caused by this insect only about 1/5th of the original vineyards was replanted predominantly with Garnacha which was the popular grape variety. Some of those vineyards, approaching 100 years old, still exist and are in production although yields are low.

To compete in the wine market change was needed and in 1933 five families from the village collaborated to establish a Cooperative that would handle large quantities of grapes economically and efficiently. Thefoundation of the Cooperative led to a change in the commercial prospects for Capçanes; suddenly they could offer large volumes of wine at competitive prices for bulk sales. The cooperative processed the village´s production and the wine was sold off in bulk until 1980 when they started to sell their grapes off prior to fermentation. This state of affairs continued until 1998 when the decision was taken to process all the village´s grapes at the cooperative.

  • Añada 2008
  • Reference Z311910901A8