2018/17 Domaine La Calmette 'Serpents A Plumes' Malbec Merlot
Maya and Nicolas are making some of the most exciting wines to appear out of Cahors right now. 80% Malbec and 20% Merlot old vines in red clay, limestone and marl bedrock soils. Partly whole-cluster pressing and co-vinification of varieties, and 7 to 14 days maceration. Aged for about 12 months on lees in concrete. Savoury blueberries, plums and other black fruits with a few herbaceous notes. Small tannins and medium acidity. Big mouthfeel and tastes even better on day two. 14% abv.
Cultivation of the wine grapes. Almost all wines at NOTWASTED implement organic, biodynamic or regenerative vineyard practices.
The skins of the grapes can form part of the fermentation process. Unlike conventional white wine, natural winemakers will often leave skins of the grapes for part (or all) of the fermentation, the result is a cloudy and tannin filled wine.
The filtering of the wine to remove particles post fermentation. Filtering particles may be aesthetically pleasing, but is often viewed as ‘unnatural’ and not filtering is said to create a more unique wine.
Fining wines uses an agent (often gelatin or bentonite) to attract miniscule solids and join them together. Again this is seen as ‘unnatural’.
The amount of sulfur added to the wine. The affect of suplphites in wine on the human body is one of the most debated and researched parts of the winemaking process. Conventional wines often present up to 300mg per litre of wine.
The type of yeast used. Imported or wild. Yeast is crucial to break down grape sugars into alcohol. Wild yeast, relies on it naturally occuring as part of the fruit harvested. Although harder to execute, it’s often part of a natural winemaker’s process.