Auzells 2012 is made with 7 different grape varieties: Macabeu, Sauvignon blanc, Chardonnay, Riesling, Muscat, Müller Thurgau and Albariño. Macabeu from old vase vineyards (36 to 95 years old) in a calcareous and franc-clay soil. Hand harvested and cooled after selection table. Separate fermentation of the different grape varieties at a temperature of 16°C. Aged for 3 months on its lees (10% in oak barrels).
Tasting Notes: Mineral-accented orange, lemon and fennel aromas are complicated by notes of honeysuckle and white pepper. A sappy sharply focused midweight with good bite to its citrus and herbal flavors. Shows vibrant citrus and mineral notes on the long, tangy finish. “A kaleidoscope full of sensations”.
Coinciding with the grape harvest of 2003, Tomàs Cusiné decided to embark on a new wine producing project; one into which he could put all of his passion and knowledge for producing the finest wines. His aim, as always, was to elaborate wines full of character that were capable of fully reflecting... the characteristics of the soils from which they were produced. He also wished to take up the challenge of producing wines that reflected his personal wine-making philosophy.
To date, Tomàs Cusiné’s wide experience with the Costers del Segre Denomination of Origen and the guarantees offered by his vines have allowed his winery to produce wines that are synonymous with personality and elegance. But this is just the beginning of an ambitious long-term project that seeks to fully consolidate the bodega as a prestigious winery by the year 2013.
The winery is located in the village of El Vilosell, in the local district of Les Garrigues, in Lleida province. This area, which belongs to the DO Costers del Segre, meets all of the requirements for growing first class grapes and obtaining wines of the finest quality.
The estate is located on the north face of the Sierra de la Llena ridge and at an altitude of between 700 and 740 metres above sea level. This area falls within the DO of Costers del Segre, and it is border with the province of Tarragona and the comarcas of Conca de Barberà and Priorat.
The different plots mainly lie on north and north-east facing slopes, with differing soil types and degrees of exposure. These are mainly calcareous soils, containing varying amounts of gravel that have straightforward structures and tend to be fresh and limey with a good degree of permeability.
The local climate is moderate, but with a large diurnal temperature range and with annual rainfall between 380 and 600 mm per year. These conditions guarantee gradual maturing with quite late grape harvests that are responsible for the wines smooth tannins and very intense colour.
In recent years, the winery has planted 29 hectares of its land with Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah, Cabernet Franc, Garnacha, Cariñena, Marselan, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc... The winery has also acquired grapes grown under its supervision from other vineyards in the local area.