Partida Creus CX

Most bizarre wine I’ve had all year?

That title has to go to this beautifully packaged Catalunyan wine that I had smuggled in through friend’s suitcases.  This was one of my most coveted purchases because:

  1. it’s 100% Xarel-lo Vermell aka Cartoixà Vermell, a red Xarel-lo
  2. it spent 90 days on its skins
  3. it’s fairly rare and sells out quickly – a combo that has inevitably given it cultish status.

The Wine:

Cloudy AF medium pink-orange-goldish? Uhm, WSET doesn’t even know what to do with this!

Pronounced stank that had me worried for a minute! Marmite, rotting seaweed, flint, beef stock…and once all of that settles down: lavender, tangerine peel, apple cider, kombucha, pears, apricots, mango, cheesy yeasty, and briny.

Dry, high acidity, low alcohol, medium bodied, low flavour intensity, a short finish, and I suppose we should mention a gentle lemon peel tannin tug that adds weight to the body. I could get verbose and try for bruised apples, unripe peaches & oranges & tart plums, mushrooms, lemon preserves, pickled gherkin juice, salinity, flavourless apricots (if I was looking for bonus points)…but it’s essentially watered down fancy lemonade that’s also interesting.

You’re probably thinking urgh…but you’d be wrong…it’s very drinkable and very enjoyable…just not very wine-like. I intentionally/accidentally poured a few sips before heading out for 3 hours and came home to a room enveloped in gingery cider notes. It is, as suspected, a very food friendly wine…no euphemisms intended.

Viti + Vini:

I couldn’t find much information about the viti and vini – that’s how rare and cult status it is! There was even some confusion on the internet about what exactly the CX is – I stuck with the info provided by the distributor…and relied heavily into the beautiful pastel salmon colour to confirm that I had the correct bottle. So…I believe it is Cartoixà Vermell from Catalunya.

Final thoughts:

I’m in two minds about how I feel about this wine. I enjoyed it, especially the texture…and rebelling against what a textbook tells me to learn…but…this wine is cooler than I’ll ever be.

Find the wine:

Smuggled in a suitcase! But I picked this up from Natty Boy Wines in the UK.

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