Encarinyades, 2020, Cosmic
A deep rosé with character and complexity
Region: Catalonia, Spain
Grape(s): Carignan Blanc, Gris & Noir
Genre: Organic with biodynamics
Low Sulphur: Yes
Tasting Notes: Cranberry, redcurrant, white pepper, 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”.
A blend of the three Carignan grapes: 85% blanc, 15% noir and 5% gris (represented by the three nymphs with different coloured hair on the label). Variety of vine ages, some almost 60 years old, planted on sandy granite soils at around 300m above sea level. Destemmed grapes are macerated for 5 days together and then pressed. Spontaneous fermentation happens in 85% stainless steel tanks and 15% amphora. It rests for 4 months on the fine lees before bottling. It is full of life and energy, bringing together red berries and high acidity with a peppery edge and intense minerality.