Grapes Grenache Noir 60%, Carignan Blanc 30%, Carigan Gris 10%
Region Catalonia, Spain
Style Sparkling, Red
Colour Light ruby red
Any added sulphites No
Tasting notes Rhubarb, Raspberry, Wine Gums & Sour Candy
Prodeucer Notes 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”.
Les Fades del Granit is comprised of 60% Grenache Noir, 30% Carignan Blanc and 10% Carignan Gris from (hence the name) sandy granitic soils. From two plots, a young vineyard from 2016 around 300 metres above sea level and an older vineyard from 1998 planted around 500m up, the destemmed grapes co-macerate for 5 days and are then gently pressed and then spontaneously ferment in stainless steel tanks. The wine is a petillant naturel (pet-nat), so before the aforementioned fermentation is complete, the wine is bottled – allowing the fermentation to finish in the bottle, trapping CO2 and making those tantalising bubbles in the wine. It is a delicious wine for sunny days, with fresh, sour and candied rhubarb and raspberry notes.