Tentados 2016, Microbio Wines (Ismael Gozalo)
Region: Rueda, Spain
Grape varieties: Verdejo
skin contact, amphora-aged, funky
Whole bunches of white grapes are thrown into an old amphora and left to their own devices for 6 months. Then, they are pressed off the skins, and the juice is returned to the amphora for a further 6 months. The result is orange-coloured, with an aroma of pickles and fermented grass cuttings. On the palate it is fresh and grassy, with a great texture. If I had to compare it to anything, I would say it’s a bit like Sauvignon Blanc on steroids and/or crack. If lambics and sour beers are your thing, then this might be the wine for you!