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Drac Màgic Tempranillo-Garnatxa-Syrah, Catalunya 2011

Red Wine from Spain
Drac Màgic is a blend of tempranillo, garnacha, syrah and cabernet from high-altitude (650 to 800 metres) vineyards in Catalunya in the region of Costers del Segre. The wine is made by Tomàs Cusiné, one of Spain’s most innovative winemakers, who reflects more forward-thinking trends. His roots lie in one of the most famous winemaking families in Spain, but in 2003 he decided to break free and launch his own estate. His white wine, Auzells, has become especially renowned, though more recently his reds have gone from strength to strength. Appetising and moreish Catalan red which is plump, vibrant and cedary with lovely oaky flavour.
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Code: SP8551

Wine characteristics

  • Red Wine
  • Tempranillo
  • 14% Alcohol
  • Oak used but not v. noticeable
  • Cork, natural

Tomàs Cusiné

Tomàs Cusiné is part of Spain’s modern wave of wine production, with wines reflecting more forward-thinking trends and possessing a deliciously uncommon quality. His roots lie in one of the most famous winemaking families in Spain where he learned how to make wines under the Coster Del Segres DO, but in 2003 he decided to break free and launch his own estate.

Tomàs is based in the quaint village of El Vilosell, a small place where the sheer volume of the daily birdsong is quite extraordinary. The estate is between 700 and 740 metres above sea level, on mostly north and north-east facing slopes. Soils are mainly calcareous, with some gravel imparting a limey quality to the wines.

His vision is to create wines reflecting the soil but also in line with his own strict personal standards. His attention to detail verges on the obsessive, but the sheer time and effort dedicated to his wines make him a model to follow.

Tomàs crafts several excellent wines (an entry level fruity Catalan red called Drac Magic, the new Cara Nord label from nearby Conca de Barbera and wines from Montsant such as ‘Mineral’, as well as two tempranillo blends from Costers del Segre called Vilosell and Geol).

However it is his white, Auzells, that is his pièce de resistance. The grapes come from 36 to 95 year-old vines trained on a trellis system. Grapes are hand harvested and cooled before going to the selection table so only the best quality fruit is used. The wine ferments on its lees for three months,...
Tomàs Cusiné is part of Spain’s modern wave of wine production, with wines reflecting more forward-thinking trends and possessing a deliciously uncommon quality. His roots lie in one of the most famous winemaking families in Spain where he learned how to make wines under the Coster Del Segres DO, but in 2003 he decided to break free and launch his own estate.

Tomàs is based in the quaint village of El Vilosell, a small place where the sheer volume of the daily birdsong is quite extraordinary. The estate is between 700 and 740 metres above sea level, on mostly north and north-east facing slopes. Soils are mainly calcareous, with some gravel imparting a limey quality to the wines.

His vision is to create wines reflecting the soil but also in line with his own strict personal standards. His attention to detail verges on the obsessive, but the sheer time and effort dedicated to his wines make him a model to follow.

Tomàs crafts several excellent wines (an entry level fruity Catalan red called Drac Magic, the new Cara Nord label from nearby Conca de Barbera and wines from Montsant such as ‘Mineral’, as well as two tempranillo blends from Costers del Segre called Vilosell and Geol).

However it is his white, Auzells, that is his pièce de resistance. The grapes come from 36 to 95 year-old vines trained on a trellis system. Grapes are hand harvested and cooled before going to the selection table so only the best quality fruit is used. The wine ferments on its lees for three months, mostly in stainless-steel tanks, but 10% go into French barrels for added depth of flavour. The first vintage of Auzells contained a staggering 13 grape varieties! This number has varied from vintage to vintage (more recent vintages have been around the six to eight mark) but amazingly Tomàs has managed to maintain a consistency of quality, style and sense of place. The grapes might change, but Auzells is always a classy, pure and refreshing wine.
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Spain Vintage 2011

A vintage of concentrated fruit after a lengthy spell of hot weather through the summer in both Rioja and Ribera del Duero led to a drought that lasted well into the following winter. The harvest was generally earlier than usual throughout the country, with raisining, even before full ripeness had occurred, happening in some parts. Where the Atlantic could exert its influence in the north-west (Rías Baixas, Mencia etc) there was excellent quality. In Rioja and Ribera del Duero it is an uneven vintage, though, as ever, the best producers will have bucked the difficulties and made wines with good concentration and balance. In Priorato, in Catalunya, it was also a torrid year and wines are concentrated, sometimes dense and lower in acidity than in cooler years and it is necessary to follow the best producers, as we do, to find balance and ageability.

2011 vintage reviews

winegang.com

There's masses ofpolished oak on this three grape-blend, with an emphasis on cedar and spice.It's a juice-filled Spanish red with lots of personality, although most of thatpersonality is oak.

87/100

JancisRobinson.com

 

15.5/20 Easy sweet blend in which fruit plays the dominant part. Fun label that looks as though the wine is more expensive. Mid weight.- Jancis Robinson

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