Alexandria 2019 — Muscat
A Wine That
changed everything. An experiment with Alexandria in 2008 made Tom decide to make all of his white wines with skin contact, and it helped to kickstart an entire movement of orange natural wine. Made from an ancient grape variety, and made how it would have been made back then, this tastes like fresh oranges, lemon curd, nutmeg and blossom. You won’t regret it.
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- Winemaker: Matassa
Where and How?
This comes from organically farmed old vineyards of Muscat of Alexandria. The whole bunches were macerated for five to seven days, after which it fermented naturally and aged in 500L old oak barrels. Bottled unfined and unfiltered.
… Boy meets girl in vineyard. Boy falls in love with girl as they catch one another’s gaze across the fermenting barrels. Sounds like a romance novel, right? Right. In reality, it wasn’t quite like that. Rather, the girl in question — Natalie, the daughter of Gérard Gauby whose domaine Tom was working at — impressed Tom by eating an eyeball right out of a sheep’s head (a South African tradition). Tom was smitten; it was the beginning of a beautiful Roussillon romance. Twenty years later, they have two children, a farm and a business together.
Tom reminisces on his early days making wine in South Africa, saying,
“I was able to get my first two vintages past the tasting regulation panels, so they could get sold. I guess nobody really took notice, they just thought it was some weird bulls*&t that would go away.”
Those couple of barrels of weird bulls*&t would actually end up kickstarting an entire movement—not just in South Africa, but across Europe—from Beziers to Vienna.
So, it wasn’t some weird bulls*&t, and it didn't go away. Rather it’s about a simple and pure concept: organic farming, and fermented grape juice—without the bulls*&t.