While October is nearly over, there is still plenty of time to open a bottle of orange wine and have a tasting-at-home. Because orange wine sounds just so perfect for October! It's not only the colour, but also the fact that it gives you the chance of tasting something unusual, not too cold but still refreshing, that you can enjoy from the comfort of your sofa and a blanket. Basically one of my favourite ways to taste natural wine.
The natty I would like to introduce you today is À Fleur de Peau, by Clos du Gravillas, Languedoc, 2018. This is a skin contact white made from 100% Muscat Blanc à Petits Grains, which is a grape of the Muscat family and is also commonly used in sweet wines such as Moscato d'Asti. It is quite unusual for this grape to be vinified as a dry skin contact wine - I'm intrigued.
The background. Clos du Gravillas are located in the Languedoc region of France and their project is all about creating natural wines with a distinctive minerality and richness of flavours, with minimal intervention. Their concept is deep and poetic to say the least - from choosing the moon as their symbol and connecting it to the minerality of the limestone soil, to the concept of lunar terroir. À Fleur de Peau is combining the southern treasure of the Muscat grape with the altitude of the Languedoc paysage, with a 15 days maceration to bring out perfumes.
Tasting notes. At a first glance - I love the colour, so deep and really quite orange. The wine is also really clear, which makes me think of a wine where a lot of thought was put in to reach some sort of natural perfection. On the nose, a perfumed complexity of orange blossom, apricot, a hint of orange and spice. On the plate, the perfumes blend together with the slight bitterness of skins, marmalade. A wine that goes in pair, I think I'll have the rest of this glass with some cheese but I think this wine would go great with something more complex such as truffle linguine.
Price range: £25 - £30
Have you got any orange wine recommendations for October or Halloween? Let me know!