La Cosa Dessert Wine 375ml Half Bottle Alfredo Maestro, natural, funky, low sulphur, artisan, botrytised Spanish sweet white wine, BE AWARE, THIS WINE CARRIES A ‘IT’S PRETTY FUNKY STUFF WARNING!’ – NO REFUNDS ON THE GROUNDS THAT IT TASTES LIKE VINEGAR. It’s rare to come across dessert wines made this naturally, so it’s quite a treat when they do come along! This little Spanish minx is made from 100% Moscatel de Alejandria, affected by botrytis and hung out to dry. The grapes are then pressed and allowed to ferment in stainless steel until the yeasts have had enough. The colour is a murky, deep orange, and the wine is moreishly sweet with a core of rich, aromatic fruit, caramel, spices and so on. Cutting through that is a lovely backbone of acid which stops it from being cloying. Fantastic value for a dessert wine, especially one made with natural methods, but then Alfredo’s wines have always been a labour of love. IT MUST BE NOTED THAT THE CURRENT 2019 VINTAGE OF THIS WINE HAS ELEVATED LEVELS OF VA – VOLATILE ACIDITY – IF YOU ARE NOT FAMILIAR WITH THIS OR YOU ARE NOT A FAN, DO NOT ORDER THIS WINE!
See the comments from one of our colleagues who sourced the wine…..
‘This wine is certainly consistent in its way-outness. Last year we had exploding bottles. This year we have a wine with very high volatile acidity (VA) – it’s always been pretty high, but this year it is turbo-charged. VA can come across as a ‘vinegary’ taste. This wine has that extreme sharpness but it is balanced by its sweetness. But I can see how it will be too much for some. I make vinegar at home and regularly sip it, so maybe I’m not the best person to judge VA! The colour is murky and it really is a wild wine. But it is remarkably drinkable. (for those who are well versed in funky natural wines.)
I would not recommend it to those people looking for a ‘normal’ sweet wine, for that try Monbazillac Jour de FruitOnly suggest to those customers who would understand its eccentricities or are simply looking for something whacky.’
|Production Method||Natural, Organic|
|Region||Ribera del Duero, Spain|
|Wine Type||Dessert Wine|
|Wine Style||Medium bodied|
|Grape||Muscat of Alexandria|
|Total Sulphur||Below 50mg/l|
|Annual Production||0 - 5,000 bottles|
|Ageing Potential||Will age for up to 5 years|
|Food Matching||On its own|