148/365 – Catalonia – D.O. Costers del Segre – Agramunt – Wine and Cava Tasting Festival 2014 – Geol 2009
Wait so long……,
…., don’t know if I can but I’ll just have to. The 30th and of May and the 1st of June, I’ll be busy, working hard at the Temps de Vi (Time for Wine) fair in Vilanova i La Geltru. Update, program and information about this excellent fair will be coming on the blog shortly. Today I share information about the Agramunt Wine and Cava Tasting Festival, which is also going to be visited. All this and more hard work and more wine tastings I’ll do for YOU! What do I want in return? Well, that’s easy, just read about my explorations and if you ever get a chance, try the wines I write about and please try to do so here, in this beautiful land of Catalonia!
D Vins, Wine and Cava Tasting Festival was born in 2013 with the aim of offering the public a huge variation of wines from the D.O. Costers del Segre wine region. This year, some 30 exhibitors will showcase their wares at Sió Park – a beautiful village natural landmark – where the Romanesque bridge, offers a cosy natural setting for many wine producers to demonstrate their wonderful wines and sparkling wines to the public, curious to try and enjoy the wines produced in this area. More information and pictures, you will find on their FB site, http://www.facebook.com/DVinsAgramunt and also on their website, www.dvins.cat.
The idea of organising D Vins was to bring together all the various wines of this large region into one central place and present them in a pleasant environment and one with a great enjoyable atmosphere for all. The Show will feature exhibitors from 20 different and varied vineyards, wineries and wine producers with the aim of offering their products and interact directly with end consumers. The recent wine vintages have been classified as “very good” according to the official table, describing wine quality. It has been an excellent period for the region in general following investment and modernisation the whole Costers del Segre region. The investment has been in harvesting, production and ageing techniques. The end result has produced wines of a very high standard, high enough to rival the better known Spanish wine regions.
There will also be at least 10 exhibitors of local food delights with samples and tastings available to accompany the hundreds of different wines – there will be something to suit all tastes! So come and visit and enjoy, where wine is enjoyed best, at a wine fair, the D Vins Wine and Cava Tasting Festival will be held at Sió Park, near the Romanesque Bridge, an emblematic area offering a unique, natural area perfect for enjoying our good food an wonderful wines. Welcome to Costers del Segre and welcome to Catalonia! To give you an idea of what you might taste during such an event and from this region, keep reading about Tomas Cusine and one of his wines from this appellation!
…. about how Costers del Segre got a new wine making star in Tomas Cusine as he, in 2003, while the harvest was ongoing for full, decided to putt his efforts into the production of wine. The goal was to elaborate character-full wines capable of reflecting the particular traits of the D.O. of Costers del Segre.
Personal philosophy played an integral part and challenged him to offer wines to the market that are synonymous with personality and elegance. But this is just the beginning of an ambitious long-term project that seeks to fully consolidate the bodega as a prestigious winery by the year 2014.
The winery is located in the village of El Vilosell, in the local district of Les Garrigues, in Lleida province. This area, which belongs to the DO Costers del Segre, meets all of the requirements for growing first class grapes and obtaining wines of the finest quality. The estate is located on the north face of the Sierra de la Llena ridge and at an altitude of between 700 and 740 metres above sea level.
This area falls within the DO of Costers del Segre, and it is border with the province of Tarragona and the comarcas of Conca de Barberà and Priorat. The local climate is moderate, but with a large diurnal temperature range and with annual rainfall between 380 and 600 mm per year. These conditions guarantee gradual maturing with quite late grape harvests that are responsible for the wines smooth tannins and very intense color.
In recent years, the winery has planted 29 hectares of its land with Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah, Cabernet Franc, Garnacha, Cariñena, Marselan, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc… The winery has also acquired grapes grown under its supervision from other vineyards in the local area.
Tomàs Cusiné has opted for obtaining degrees of maturity that maintain a careful equilibrium between the phenolic and acidic components of his wines. He thereby avoids over-maturing his wines or producing excessive levels of tannins and ensures that his wines are elegant, complex, fresh and longer lasting.
At harvest, the grapes are collected in 200 kg boxes and refrigerated before they are sorted. There is then a cold pre-maceration in tank, followed by a slow fermentation at a constant low temperature, with the aim of conserving both the rich taste of the fruit and the freshness of the harvest.
Geol 2009, Samso, Merlot and Cabernet/Sauvignon
The colour is cherry with violet edges, fatty with large tears that fall slowly. The nose is powerful and expressive, in the foreground loads of fruit load are easily detectable, with hints of ripe black fruit and even compote and hints of red fruits, then and after a generous aeration it gives way to almost equal amounts of , aromas of garrigue shrub-land, metallic minerals such as charcoal and spicy ground black pepper, clove, licorice. Very interesting nose, complex, well-defined, structured and enjoyable. In the mouth it has a warm and welcoming entrance, expected a more aggressive entry and astringent, but initially it is nice. Marked notes of black fruit combined with hints of burnt sugar all accompanied by a major warm presence. It is a good wine, it has a great personality and a good identity. Great price to quality ratio!
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