This wine, ‘Zoonotic Spillover,’ débuted in 2020 and rightfully takes its name from finding humor in the lowest of times to try and help the wine world climb out of its depressed state. He decided to take a literal approach to a theoretical cause of COVID-19, the unlikely zoonotic spillover. Continuing on with the legacy of this wine Uffe again worked with the Paeroa Vineyard, which is also the source for ‘Dead Ohio Sky’ Rosé. The typically feral nature of Mourvèdre gets a bit of a light-hearted approach here with a bit of semi-carbonic fermentation. The Mediterranean-like climate of the Whites Valley of McLaren Vale brings higher tones to this maligned grape.
The fruit was hand-harvested in late-February and the fruit was left fully intact and fermented outdoors in large plastic fermenters with a lot of foot stomping. Fermentation occurred naturally across ten days and after another four days the fermentation was pressed directly to old French 300L barrels for maturation. Five months later the wine was racked to tank to settle naturally and bottled without fining or filtration and with just a small addition of sulfur.