The Thing Moscatel 2017 Half Bottle 375ml
Beware... The Thing!
The wonderful world of wine never ceases to amaze us. Just when you think you’ve seen it all, a young Spanish winemaker pops up with a natural, no-added-sulphur, sweet Moscatel grown on the edge of the Ribera del Duero – a wine region more famous for big reds like Pingus and Vega Sicilia. And then he goes and names it after a John Carpenter horror film because it scares him so much. But don’t be frightened; this sweet wine is spectacular stuff.
The Thing – or in Spanish La Cosa – is a 100% Moscatel grown at 1km above sea level. The grapes are air-dried for two months, fermented with wild yeast, matured over the winter and bottled without being filtered or fined, making it vegan-friendly. The result is like an unholy mash-up of Tokaji, sweet Oloroso Sherry, Moscatel de Setubal and natural wine. Cloudy as the British weather and as sweet as honey, this little monster is brimming with marmalade, apricot jam, oily salted Marcona almonds, dried thyme, Christmas cake, raisin-packed hot cross buns slathered in butter, umami, tangy rhubarb, lime and preserved lemon. It’s a masterpiece in immense sweetness balanced by refreshing acidity. Serve this up with blue cheese, pâté or dried fruit-based desserts. Alternatively, drizzle it over vanilla ice cream or add a splash to sparkling wine to create a funky take on a Kir Royale. Made in tiny quantities, don’t miss out on this one.
Maestro Tejero Bodegas has made quite the name for itself in New York but remains completely under the radar elsewhere. When Alfredo Maestro returned to Peñafiel where he was raised, he talked to the old winegrowers, followed their teachings, did things by-the-book, but wasn’t satisfied with the resulting wines. He decided to walk his own path. He makes his wines using only grapes, so they really speak of the land rather than intricate manipulation. But why is he so scared of The Thing? Apparently, because it has a mind of its own, he has no idea what to do with it, and it’s an ever-evolving beast. But we love it, we think it’s just The Thing!
£2 per 100.00ml
SKU No.: 3000419
Style No.: 737338
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