Costers del Segre ‘Quest’ Castell d’Encus, Talarn, Catalunya 2012
Castell d’Encus, Costers del Segre, Talarn, Catalunya
Castell d’Encus is a very exciting project from Raül Bobet, following his time with Torres. In 2001, whilst searching for land in the foothills of the Catalan Pyrenées, Raül discovered a stunning estate at almost 1,000m above sea level dating back to the 12th century. Farming organically, he chose to plant 23 hectares of high density Riesling, Pinot Noir, Albariño, Sauvignon, Sémillon, Syrah. Inspired by his discovery of 9 medieval rock fermenters in the vineyards, Raül restored them back into working order and now ferments several wines in them, embedded in the rocky hillsides. The results are amazing: high natural acidity, superb length and mouth feel, with both reds and whites receiving a great deal of critical praise.
Fermented in stainless steel and gravity rock vessels, before being transferred to French oak barrels for malolactic fermentation and ageing. It offers pronounced aromas of blackberries, thyme, bell peppers and earth. On the palate, it has very fine, grainy tannins with a crisp acidity and good tension. Dark berries, cloves and black pepper characteristics culminating in a focused berry finish.
Grapes: Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot, Merlot