Saturday Spa Flight 11.1.19
Ft. Sonoma Mtn. Winery, Domaine Vinci, Mani di Luna.
**Every Saturday, from 9am-pm find our bottle shop open at Arch 2, Spa Terminus market, SE16 4RP. Each week, we’ll have 3 of our wines open to taste. This week’s line up is as follows.**
1/ Sonoma Mtn. Winery, Testa Field Blend ’17 (Barbera, Carignane, Zinfandel)
Known as the fire vintage, made from old vine, dry farmed fruit picked the day before the ’17 wine county fires started; and pressed just after it ended. The only wine in Nic’s collection to work with fruit from the venerable Testa family vineyards, Mendocino County. A field blend by name, this is a nervy, sideways-on homage to the Testa and Coturri forefathers’ old Italian winemaking traditions. Separate blocks, then co-fermented over two weeks and aged in neutral French oak. Nothing added, nothing taken away.
2/ Domaine Vinci, Coste ’15 (Mourvedre)
From Olivier Varichon’s parcel of that name, up amongst the garrigue and the very large stones of the particularly forbidding Agly Valley, Roussillon. Up here, it’s the yellow, and the red, spiders’ domain. This is a young, unusually silky Mourvedre with bright green tracery, thanks to the whole bunch fermentation. 4/5 weeks fermentation post foot-pressing, then racked and left on lees for a further six months, then into old barriques for 18 months. Unfined and unfiltered.
3/Mani di Luna, Ametistas ’16
Strong structured orange from biodynamically-farmed 40 year old Grecchetto vines, whose soils are rich in minerals from lake Tiberium. 50% pressed whole cluster on a vertical press; the other 50% de-stemmed by hand, then macerated on the skins for 3-4 days and spontaneously fermentation over 2-3 weeks in steel. Aged 9-10 months on lees, unfined and unfiltered.