Celler Comunica Comunica Carignan Garnacha, Montsant
Comunica Garnacha Carenyena is the estate wine of Mas d’en Cosme, made from roughly equal portions of Garnacha (Grenache) and Carinyena (Carignan), and a touch of Syrah (Shiraz).
It’s fermented with indigenous yeast and lots of whole bunches, and raised entirely without oak to preserve the bright fruit and incredible texture inherent in the wine.
Comunica shows fresh blackberry, blackcurrant and raspberry flavours offset by an intense mineral line and incredibly smooth fruit tannins. There’s a touch of thyme and bay to the palate, but this is anything but rustic.
Celler Comunica is the work of the mercurial viticulturists Pep Aguilar and Patri Morillo. Having worked as consultants in nearly every wine region on the Mediterranean coast, they’ve settled in an old farmhouse estate, known as Mas d’en Cosme, in the town of Falset on the border of Priorat and Montsant.
The estate comprises seven hectares of old Garnacha and Carignan vines, and a little chunk of Syrah, all planted on a soil of decomposed granitic sands shot with myriad types of slate.
Celler Comunica wines are almost the opposite of what’s become typical across the border in Priorat. Pep and Patri use no oak at all; they prize freshness and bright clean fruit over dry extract and high alcohol. The wines are immensely sluggable and thirst-quenching and provide a fascinating insight into a terroir that’s too often hidden behind alcohol and oak.