Mambo Sun 2019 — Grenache & Macabeu
A Wine That
gives you an excuse to flick your shoes off and hit the dancefloor (*kitchen floor). Don't know how to Mambo? We don't either, but this is a wine that shouts for YouTube tutorials. With orange zest, cranberry juice and a wild thyme kick, this is an energy tonic.
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- Winemaker: Matassa
Where and How?
For this wine, Tom takes Grenache and Macabeu from very old vines, leaves the grapes on the stems, before pressing and ageing it in concrete. Despite the heat of the region, acidity is retained, which helps to make an incredibly fresh wine.
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) 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 bulls*t.