Jean Bouteille - 2019 MAAR
What happens when Jean-Baptiste (aka Jean Bouteille) blends 100kg of Pinot Gris grown on schist and volcanic soil from Mount Gambier with 130kg of Cabernet Franc from a limestone coast vineyard and 580kg of Pinot Noir from two volcanic sites in Mount Gambier? MAAR! A mixture of whole bunch and destemmed fruits all thrown into a rolling wild ferment during 3 weeks, pressed slowly in a basket press then matured in seasoned French oak for 1 year. No additives; no sulphur.
The name MAAR is used in geological dialect to denote 'crater', which represents the rolling ferment of this wine – where JB would throw in whatever grapes he could find out to keep the fermentation going. Maybe it also stands for Mighty Amazing Alcoholic Ride.
Varietal Pinot Noir, Cabernet Franc, Pinot Gris || Region Mount Gambier, SA || ABV 12% || Vol 750ml