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Characteristics of Ekam Essència
Ekam Essència is a white wine produced by the Castell d’Encús en the Costers del Segre region, a winery located in the catalán pyrenees at around 1,000 metres above sea level, which makes it the winery that produces wines at the highest altitudes in Spain. Its director, Raul Bobet, is known to produce another fashionable wine in Priorat region, Ferrer Bobet.
Ekam Essència is made using Riesling (100%) grapes. Noble rot grapes are used in the production of the wine.These grapes are infected with Botrytis, a fungus that attacks grapes removing water and leaving a high percentage of sugar, fruit acids and minerals.
The harvest is carried out manually in small boxes with a 10kg capacity, then vinification is carried out in 6hl vats at a low temperature.
Ekam Essència is then aged for 36 months in the bottle before being put on the market. With a limited production of 3,000 bottles being made, this is a special wine made in the style of German Rieslings.
When we refer to the DO Costers del Segre we think of wines with a continental character, which in some respects is true, but extensive replantation of international grape varieties means that the majority of wines produced here lack a geographical or territorial trademark, even though the vast majority of the wines are technologically perfect. However, there are currently wineries such as Mas Blanch i Jové, Costers del Sio, L’Olivera, Lagravera and Thomas Cusiné, among others, who concentrate their effors on producing wines with what are considered varieties native to the region. However, the majority of this region is still dominated by classic international varieties.
It is located in the Pyrenees area of Pallars Jussà (Lleida) in a mountainous area at an altitude of 800 to 1000 meters. The orientation is primarily SO with good protection from the cold north winds. The intention of the winery is producing a limited number of bottles from the whole fruit of their vines.