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Roots — October 2020

"ROOTS"
October Edition

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#1: Coume de l'Olla 2019

By Domaine Matassa | Roussillon (France), £28

What's it Like?

Juicy, invigorating, moreish, thirstquenching. This is the kind of wine that makes you wanna go out partying. Or just party at home in your pyjamas. Either way, you'll be boogying to funk & disco classics until the wee hours. This is a wine that cries out for Mediterranean food: roasted veg and wild herbs - with or without beef.

What's in it?

A cofermentation of red (Grenache), pink (Grenache Gris) and white (Macabeu) varieties. As such, this isn't technically a red wine, nor a rosé, nor a white wine. So what is it? Well, Tom doesn't care if this falls into a specific category of wine, and neither should you. What does matter is that it's delicious above all else.  

How's it Made?

All of the grapes were hand harvested separately and then combined in one large concrete tank, where they "cofermented" — ie. experienced the joyous transformation of juice to wine as one (naturally, of course). This took place over ten days, with the whole bunches (stems & all), after which the wine was aged in concrete. 

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#2: Grauburgunder 2019

By Rennersistas | Burgenland (Austria), £24

What's it Like?

This is like the 3D cinema version of wine. One look at it in the glass and you'll be thinking, huh? Is this really wine? Damn straight it's wine, in all its fluorescent glory. This is the kind of wine you wanna open with special friends, so everyone can eyeball it in wonder together. 

What's in it?

This is 100% Pinot Gris (also known as Grauburgunder, or Pinot Grigio), from a young vineyard that the Rennersistas planted themselves, with their own hands, in 2017. This is the very first wine produced from that fruit, so it's kind of a big deal, jus' sayin'. No sulphites were added.

How's it Made?

After being hand harvested, the natural fermentation process began with a six day maceration period. This means it's kind of like an orange wine, but because Pinot Gris is a pink variety, it's more pink than orange. Finally, it was aged in old 500L barrels, and bottled unfined and unfiltered. 

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