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Castell d'Encus Stone Vat

Sitting 1100 metres above sea level in the heart of the Catalan Pyrénées, the estate makes good use of a medieval vat carved out of the rock of the mountain itself sometime in the 12th Century. The resulting wines are chiseled, precise, fragrant and embrace their gentle stony minerality - this cult winery is unfortunately not yet well known in Australia, but we plan to change that! 


THE WINES

2014 Ekam Riesling - $59
"The 2014 Ekam, from a cool vintage, is mostly Rieling with a touch of Albariño from vines planted at high density in 2003 on limestone soils. It has a low pH of 2.9, high acidity (8.8 grams of tartaric acid per liter) and some 8.9 grams of residual sugar to balance it in the style of a Mosel. It was cold fermented in 25- and 50-hectoliter stainless steel vats, always with indigenous yeasts with a small portion of botrytized grapes which add complexity and certain glycerin to the wine. The wine matured in vat with lees before being bottled. The nose is fresh, precise, chiseled with laser-like sharpness, very subtle and whispering, incredibly young and insinuating. The palate shows similar precision, with sharp acidity and pungent flavors, ending very tasty and dry. You don't notice any sugar in these whites, because of the very high acidity." - 93 Points, Luis Gutiérrez, 
RobertParker.com

2011 Taleia Sauvignon Blanc Sémillon - $59
"More of the 2011 Taleia was fermented in the so-called “rock fermenters” than the 2010, and it was bottled the day before tasting. Consequently the nose is tight and unyielding, although it certainly has fine minerality. The palate is fresh and vibrant on the entry with hints of fresh grapefruit and nectarine, while it seems less malic than the 2010. That comes through on the palate, which has fine delineation and a very elegant, stony finish with hints of white peach and nectarine on the aftertaste." 92 Points, Neal Martin,
 RobertParker.com

2014 Acusp Pinot Noir - $85
"The more delicate red wine is probably the Pinot Noir 2014 Acusp, which is named after a higher altitude hill within the estate where the Pinot Noir was planted at some 9,000 vines per hectare in 2003, and located at some 1,000 meters above sea level. Part of the wine fermented in the 12th century stone pools in the property and the rest in stainless steel, followed by malolactic in new French oak barrels where the wine matured for 11 months. 2014 was also a cool vintage, not unlike 2013, but with the need to sort and they had to discard many grapes. The nose is subtly perfumed, with aromas of sour cherries and a pinch of sweet spices, somewhere in between Morey St Denis and Central Otago, but this wine often reminds me of the Charme from Niepoort. The palate shows bittersweet flavors of cherries and a hint of oak, with some creaminess. There is good acidity and freshness, and the finish is nicely and subtly bitter." - 93 Points, Luis Gutiérrez, 
RobertParker.com

2011 Thalarn Syrah - $85
"The brilliant 2010 Thalarn is a pure Syrah that is partially fermented in rock vessels and stainless steel and aged in barrel for 10 months in 70% new oak. It has an incredibly intense bouquet of small black cherries, cassis, blueberry and a touch of peppercorn that is very well-defined, but extremely primal. The palate is medium-bodied with filigree tannins and a satin-like texture. It possesses outstanding focus and precision plus wonderful minerality and clarity towards the finish that exudes finesse, handling the new oak so that you barely notice it. This is an exceptional Syrah that should age magnificently. Drink 2013-2020+. " - 95 Points, Luis Gutiérrez,
 RobertParker.com - 2010 Tasting note - 2012 also 95 Points.

2010 Quest Blend - $85
"The 2010 Quest is the first to be entirely fermented in rock vessels and is aged in French oak (70% new). It has a more refined, cohesive bouquet than the 2009, with notes of blackberry, raspberry leaf, minerals and touches of heather and rosemary. The palate is medium-bodied with crisp acidity, a feminine Bordeaux blend with great tension and sense of symmetry. It is due to be bottled in the next few days, but it certainly is an exceptional wine that will be worth snapping up." 92 Points, Neal Martin,
 RobertParker.com



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