23 Feb Crazy Bastardo!
Yep. It’s here. Our fully-natural 2014 Bastardo. Bottled and released to a few select retailers and venues in Sydney and Perth. Yes, it really is a grape variety, found commonly in Portugal… but also known as Trousseau in France’s Jura region.
The Bastardo project was an exploration. What can happen when you let a wine make itself, sort-of…
So… hand-picked, hand-made, no machines, no additions, no adjustments, unfined, unfiltered, hand-pressed, hand-bottled, no preservative.
Bastardo grapes from southern Margaret River were gently de-stemmed and placed in two 200L clay amphorae for wild fermentation. Post-ferment and post-malo, the wine remained on skins in amphorae for eight months untouched until November when the free-run was jugged out and the skins pressed by hand through muslin to extract the last vestige of wine. After a few weeks settling back in the amphorae the wine was hand-bottled in 640ml craft-beer bottles with crown seals, waxed, and tagged for release… 300 bottles produced!
The colour is light red/brown, cloudy. Expect a nose of plums, some spice, nuttiness and red-fruits, secondary earth and game. The palate is textural and generous – red-fruits and spice. Tannins have softened, acid is low.
This is raw, natural wine and being unfined and unfiltered it is slightly cloudy and contains sediment. Drink now!
For the adventurous and the explorers, here is where you can get a bottle:
PERTH – Old Bridge Cellars (Fremantle), Steves Bottleshop (Nedlands), The Wine Box (Shenton Park)
SYDNEY – Annandale Cellars, or The Oak Barrel (Elizabeth St, CBD) or visit Fix St James Wine Bar, also in Elizabeth St (CBD).
LENNOX HEAD – yes, it made it that far! Foam Lennox are including the Bastardo as part of a degustation during Feb/March.
Also now available via our SHOP.