Desti, 2020, Cosmic
An aromatic orange wine with green touches and minerality
Grape(s): Muscat d’Alexandrie & Carignan Blanc
Genre: Organic with biodynamics
Low Sulphur: Yes
Tasting Notes: Peach, under-ripe apricot, herbs, minerality
Cosmic was set up by Salvador Batlle in 2013, in the town of Agullana, northern Catalonia. He now has 9.5 hectares spread across two distinct regions: Alt Empordà and Baix Penedés. Salvador’s family has been growing grapes for many years, which were sold to larger wineries - so farming vines is in his blood. He studied agriculture, viticulture and solar energy before travelling to New Zealand in 2011 for a vintage. When he returned to his family in Penedés, he and his father had different visions about the family’s vines and land - leading to his creation of Cosmic in 2013. His domaine is certified organic, as well as incorporating many biodynamic principles. In the cellar different vessels are used to get the best out of his grapes - glass eggs, clay amphora, steel tanks, old oak and chestnut barrels - before bottling unfined, unfiltered and only a tiny amount of SO2 if needed. He is reigniting some less common local grapes (such as Grenache Blanc and Gris, and Carignan Blanc and Gris), partly due to his sadness that in the wine industry “decisions are made in offices and they forget about tradition and the terroir”.
This is a wine that was in Salvador’s ‘Destiny’ (Desti). Using bought grapes from a local organic farmer, who continually contacted Salvador prior to the 2019 harvest wanting there to be a Cosmic wine with these grapes. Salvador eventually went to visit the farmer to say ‘no’ in person, but was overwhelmed with the quality of the fruit and it became his destiny to make the wine. 90% Muscat d’Alexandrie and 10% Carignan Blanc, from granitic soils planted 120 metres above sea level, the grapes are very lightly crushed by foot before three weeks maceration. It spontaneously ferments in steel, where it rests on the fine lees for three months. It is a green and vibrant expression of the ever-aromatic Muscat grape. It is an explosion of peaches and apricots, balanced with tingling acidity and great minerality.