Muscat Brisat 2017, Costador Metamorphika (Catalunya, Spain)
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Grapes: Muscat Style: Orange ABV: 12.5% Any added sulphites: Minimal Filtered: No Method: Organic Size: 75cl
Light but complex with a dry finish. Sweet ripe apricots on the nose and a bit of elderflower too. Dry in the palate with stone fruit notes, a hint of rosemary and a peachy aftertaste.
This is Muscat from old bush vines in the Mediterranean hills of Conca de Barberà. Brisat is the old Catalan word for orange wine and this was fermented and macerated on skins in amphora for 6 weeks before being passed to old oak barrels and foudre for 6 months. The result is an exotically perfumed wine reminiscent of souk spices, dried fruit and wild Mediterranean herbs.
Joan Franquet grew up in Priorat, during a long career in food exportation he always dreamed of returning to his rural roots, in particular that of winemaking. In 2009 Joan took the appropriate steps to pursue this dream, taking on old vines from his wife’s family in Conca de Barberà along with some of his own family’s vines in Priorat, he set up Costador Terroirs Mediterrani. Joan farms all his vines organically, the only intervention in vineyard is the use of pheromones to repel pests, a little copper and sulphur if and when needed and sometimes the use of sodium bicarbonate to prevent powdery mildew.