Ashanta "Mawu"

USA, California, Sonoma County
  • Suggested Pairings
  • Beef
  • Lamb
  • Poultry
  • 12.50% ABV

Named after Mawu, a creator goddess from West Africa's Dahomey mythology tradition, this is an exciting co-fermented blend of Merlot and Chardonnay that feels almost spiritual. A nose of Alpine herbs and rose hips gives way to an exciting palate with balsamic notes and blackberry. An usual wine that unfolds as you drink it.

In 2019, fifth-generation Oakland native/third-generation winemaker Chenoa Ashton-Lewis and cinematographer Will Bashanta decided to make wine. They headed up to Sonoma and started an experimental undertaking in making co-fermented wines from grapes grown in 50-year-old vineyards. Their first harvest was in 2020 and their ethos is “wines made with ancestral grapes” — they take a natural and progressive approach in everything they do from vineyard to bottle.

  • Blend: 70% Merlot, 30% Chardonnay
  • Farming Practices: Practicing organic and biodynamic
  • Harvesting Method: Manual
  • Soils: Gravel and alluvium
  • Fermentation: 50% direct press of Merlot, 25% whole-cluster and 25% destemmed, whole-cluster Chardonnay; Spontaneous fermantation in neutral oak
  • Yeast: Native
  • Sulfur: No added sulphites
  • Filtration: Unfined; Unfiltered
  • Maturation: 8 months in neutral oak; 4 months in bottle