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Tattouine 2019 — Grenache Gris & Grenache Noir


A Wine That

speaks of the wilderness. This predominantly Grenache Gris wine, with a dash of Grenache Noir, is as if an orange wine met a red wine and embarked upon a romance. Very much its own style, this pale shimmering pink-red wine is like an artist creating their own category. A wine for nature lovers, for poetry, for soul-searching — and above all of gentleness — evoking warm summer nights that carry the scent of herbs on the breeze and the earth underfoot.

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  • Winemaker: Matassa
Tattouine 2019 — Grenache Gris & Grenache Noir Wine LITTLEWINE















Grenche Gris
Grenache Noir

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. 

The Winemaker

… 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.⁣

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