A Wine That
shows the iconic beauty of old-vine Carignan. This is one of those wines where you’ll peer at the glass, wondering how grapes can create something so spellbinding. It smells like one of those artisanal perfumes named after fjords and Scandinavian forests - intoxicating and wild.
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- Winemaker: Tom Lubbe
Where and How?
This is organically farmed old vine Carignan rouge, gris and blanc, from 1900 and planted on marl.
The whole bunches underwent a short maceration period before being pressed and fermenting naturally in 500L old oak barrels.
… 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.