Brutal Rouge 2019 — Syrah & Muscat
A Wine That
puts up its middle finger to the old school, stuffy side of wine. This is the Sex Pistols in a bottle of wine, and it will take your tongue on a rollercoaster ride. This is like creative cuisine that creates something groundbreaking out of ingredients you’d never think would go together. Pepper fiend? Like orange blossom? Put the two together and bam - you have Brutal.
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- Winemaker: Matassa
Where and How?
This is a blend of Syrah and Muscat, organically farmed by Tom. The whole bunches were co-fermented for less than a week, giving a super light juicy wine that doesn’t fall into a particular category: Is it a red wine? Is it a rosé? Is it an orange wine? Do we care?
… 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.