Domaine Lucci / Lucy Margaux is a dual-named winery (which happens to look a bit like a shack) owned by Anton van Klopper, one of the wildmen of Australian winemaking. Along with James Eskine of Jauma and Tom Shobbrook of Shobbrook Wines, Anton is part of a group called the Natural Selection Theory. All three are committed to making wine as minimally as possible – a revolutionary idea in Australia. They’re part of a conversation just beginning to happen over there (and it’s going to be fascinating to listen to… because this is a country that doesn’t shy away from technical wine discussions.)
I love these wines. Not just because I managed to sneak in a visit to Anton’s farm/winery/shack during a trip to Australia a few years back. And not just because they are ‘natural.’ (And not just because they have really cool labels designed by his teenage daughter.) I love them because they are delicious and drinkable and reflect the madness and mischief of their maker.
I hope you'll love them too.
Domaine Lucci / Lucy Margaux: THE PINK ONE
Domaine Lucci Gris Gris 2015
(Adelaide Hills, Australia):
There's a reason pinot gris is called 'gris' and not 'blanc'. It's technically not a white grape - it's a 'gray' grape - a seemingly white grape that with enought skin contact turns.... pink! So you can consider this a white wine with a lot of color, or you can consider it a rose. But whatever you consider it, it's damn good. It's like a combination of peach juice and crushed raspberries with tangy acidity and a bit of tannic grip. Chill it down for a high glug factor, or drink it just a little warmer than your typical rose to let the sneaky complicity shine through.
Price: $39.99 (non discountable)