Tattouine 2019 — Grenache Gris & Grenache Noir
A Wine That
speaks of the wilderness. A wine for nature lovers, for poetry, for soul-searching. This is a wine above all of gentleness - that evokes warm summer nights that carry the scent of native herbs on the breeze and the earth underfoot.
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- Winemaker: Matassa
Where and How?
This is a blend of Grenache Gris (90%) with 10% of Grenache Noir. Like the planet in Star Wars, it was named after the town in Tunisia. It was planted around a century ago; likely by workers who had come over from Tunisia. It sits on schist soils and is organically farmed.
The whole bunches were co-macerated for three weeks, after which they were gently pressed and left to ferment naturally in old oak barrels. It was bottled seven months later 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.