Name: Tomàs Cusiné
Location: El Vilosell, Costers del Segre, Spain
Best known for: blending 6-7 varieties in his wines
Available from The Wine Station: Auzells 2010, Llebre 2012, Vilosell 2008, Geol 2007
Costers del Segre is relatively unknown wine region to many of us here in Australia; it is a small Designation of Origin with 4600 hectares (divided into 7 sub-regions) & is about 100km west of Barcelona.
Tomàs Cusiné has been making wine for many years; his family bought Castell del Remei in the 1980s. After many years working with his family, Tomàs set up his own winery in the historic town El Vilosell. His first vintage was in 2003 drawing on local older plantings until his vines were ready; Tomàs now produces 80% from his own vines. The vineyards are breathtaking, sitting at 700m above sea level, dotted around undulating hills surrounded by forest. Soils are calcareous with limestone providing pure flavours & good structure in the wines. His approach is progressive with minimal intervention & uses organic practices. He purposely blends 6 or 7 varietals in each of his wines, all of which are vinified separately, Tomas is the only producer to list the varietals on the back label. Currently there are 16 varietals planted; the whites are an eclectic, yet well chosen including macabeu, roussanne, albariño, & müller thurgau. Dynamic, passionate & good looking; nearly as good-looking as his wine’s labels.