Asheville’s Best Spooky Wine Tasting
Cambridge Road Cloudwalker Pet Nat
In 2006, after spending years travelling the globe making wine, sailing and building ships Lance Redgwell and his family purchased the Cambridge Road property in Martinborough, New Zealand. The vineyard has Pinot Noir and Syrah planted in 1986 that has been organically farmed since the 90s, a rarity in this part of New Zealand. In 2010 they built their winery and since then Cambridge Road has been known as a leader in naturally made, terroir driven wines in the area. Currently they have 4 acres of Pinot Noir and 1.5 acres of Syrah and are double planting the vineyard to increase plant density. They also buy fruit from their friends and neighbours with the general philosophy to only buy organic fruit from within 30 kilometres of the winery. They do this in order to keep their environmental footprint as small as possible. Lance has always practiced Biodynamics with dense plantings of cover crops between the rows and a healthy living ecosystem surrounding all the estate vineyards. Full Biodynamic preparations are used in the vineyard and the lunar cycles are closely followed. The vines are dry farmed, harvests are by hand and the winemaking is incredibly hands off, often with no sulphur used at all. After harvest the grapes are cooled overnight before being destemmed and transferred to tank by gravity. An ambient cool maceration process then takes place for up to five days, when fermentation starts with indigenous yeasts. Lance’s Cloudwalker Orange wine is made up of 70% Sav Blanc, 20%Pinot Noir and 10% Riesling. Organic fruit is fermented on skins for 27 days and sealed with a crown cap. Juiciness comes from the Pinot Noir and Riesling tempers the structure of the skin contact. No added sulfur.
Bodegas Marc Isart Madrid La Maldición Malvar de Valdilecha
100% organic Malvar. “The fundamental idea is to encapsulate in the wines the landscape and the people who live and work in this land.” Marc Isart, head winemaker. From Catalalinia, Marc Isart is head winemaker at the much acclaimed Bernabeleva, where he is spearheading the property’s transformation to biodynamics. Isart works on “getting back in touch with the home soil, nature and farming.” The La Maldición label (translates to “The Curse”), named for the laborers’ struggles to reach and then work the land at this secluded property in Valdelichia, Madrid. These vineyards are located in the Arganda del Ray sub-zone within the Viños de Madrid DO. Fermentation with skins and stalks for 50 days followed by aging in used French oak 300L casks / slow stirring during fermentation-maceration / temperature does not need to be controlled b/c the acidity is so high / spontaneous non-malo ferment. Has light mineral, spice and floral aromatics. The palate is honey comb, green peach and little petrol. Some skin tannin frames it all.
Esperando A Los Barbaros Malbec 2018
Perhaps the most radical of Argentina’s winemakers, Matias Michelini was fondly known as the “green Michelini” for many years and his colourful winemaking still makes him the rebell of the Argentine wine scene. Pioneering a lean style of wine with often electric acidity, Michelini has been at the forefront of Uco Valley winemaking and in particular Gualtallary’s development over the last decade. A firm believer in biodynamic viticulture, Mathias’wines very much strat in the vineyard and almost invariably end in concrete. Esperando a los Barbaros is a wine that reflects its terroir. Made from grapes sourced from high altitude (1 400m above sea level) and remote vineyards in Gualtallary in the Uco Valley. Organic and Bio-dynamic, this has Malbec purity all over it. The calcareous soils leave their mark with a fresh and minty nose, with wild flowers and purity of fruit in the mouth, a firm texture, tension and minerality.
Anne Pichon Sauvage Grenache Noir VV
Marc Pichon purchased Domaine le Murmurium in the Cote de Ventoux village of Mormoiron in early 2008 and named his new wine label after his wife, Anne. Comprised of 13 hectares of old vineyards on prime terroir adjacent to Chateau Pesquie, Murmurium is derived from Latin, meaning “The Buzzing Song of Bees”, an old estate name which is honored by the crest on the Anne Pichon labels.Over the years Anne Pichon Wines acquired more old vineyards to bring the size of the domaine to 21 hectares. “The best vineyards in Ventoux are low-yielding and difficult to cultivate,” said Marc. “They’re the ones that people want to get rid of.” With organically farmed holdings that include many classic Rhône grapes, the micro-climate at Anne Pichon is dry, with cool, manually tilled soils that retain moisture when it rains. And because of the Mistral that sweeps up from the hills below, fruit is less susceptible to rot and disease, providing and ideal environment for organic viticulture.Employing careful vineyard management, low yields and late harvesting, Pichon hand-harvests and destems all of the fruit. Reds are vinified in small 50 HL cement tanks or stainless steel, at low temperature to achieve a long maceration. Every effort was made, throughout the entire fermentation and aging stages in the 53hl oak vat number 12, to protect this wine from exposure to oxygen which means that only the minimum amounts of sulfur were used. This Grenache reveals all the lively, spicy and cooked fruit aromas that come from small berries, perfectly matured and kept dry on the sunny and windy fall days. This is a full-bodied Rhône wine combining the complexity and richness with a smooth mouthfeel and gentle tannins.
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