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Mersel Wines ‘Phoenix’ Skin-Contact Orange Wine 2021

Mersel Wines ‘Phoenix’ Skin-Contact Orange Wine 2021

Farming : Organic

 

Winemaking : Hand-Picked Grapes | Native Yeast Fermentation | Unfined | Unfiltered | Vegan

 

Region : Deir El Ahmar, Bekaa Valley, Lebanon

 

Grape : 100% Merwah (150 year-old grapes!)

 

Alcohol by Volume : 12.5%

Notes:
Ripe apricot, a touch of oxidative funk, and some piercing acidity. Not overly grippy and bitter, there's just a sense of bitterness at the back of the palate.

 

Eddie Chami, the winemaker at Mersel Wine was also one of the winemakers at Couvent Rouge. He holds a degree in Viticulture and Enology at UC Davis, California.

 

For anyone that knows and speaks to Eddie, you will know that making wine is not a hobby or job, it is a deep-rooted passion. He is passionate about winemaking, as well as preserving and reviving the land of our ancestors and the winemaking techniques used many, many years ago.

 

Eddie wanted to make wine that is not mainstream in Lebanon. Being born and raised in Australia, he doesn't speak French and didn't want to associate Mersel with the French influence in winemaking. He just wanted to make some f%kn good wine. His passion is to develop wine using local Lebanese indigenous grape varieties but something not common locally. Mersel Wine is the first to develop a Piquette and PetNat and he has been dabbling with skin-contact wines since 2016.

 

Eddie Chami is a father of 3 and sorry ladies he is off the market (and yes his wife wrote this)...lol :)