The Spanish DOP of Costers del Segre was created in 1988 somewhat unusually from four separate sub-zones within the region. Two further sub-zones were identified in 1998. The altitude of the region varies from 800 ft to 2400 ft on the edge of the Pyrenees giving it a continental climate but the Mediterranean is just close enough to reduce the risk of frost when the vines are most vulnerable. The days are quite warm but the nighttime temperatures are low giving the grapes an excellent spine of acids and structure.
There are old vine plots of bush-trained Garnacha and Maccabeo scattered through the region but most of the activity in the last two decades has been new plantings of international varieties in new wire-trained vineyards, as well as Spanish grapes like Albariño and Tempranillo from other regions.
An intriguing blend of Tempranillo (55%) and Cabernet Sauvignon (45%). The name Abadia (Abbey in English) is in reference to the commitment and patience of monks who worked the land in the beginning.
The grapes are purposely harvested at night, when temperatures are cooler to reduce the risk of oxidation. The grapes are de-stemmed and further cooled in tank. The juice used for this wine is strictly free run juice, prior to pressing. This serves to produce the freshest possible Rosada, with limited phenolic extraction.
Bright pale pink leaning towards an onion skin colour. Supple aromas with elegant notes of strawberry, cherries, flowers and a hint of grapefruit. In the mouth the wine shows ripe, dry, cherry fruit and a touch of aniseed.
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