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 spiriual. A nose of Alpine herbs and rose hips gives way to an exciting palate with balsamic notes and blackberry. An usual (but fetching) grab, this wine 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 made 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.
Co-fermented Chardonnay & Merlot
Merlot is foot tread and direct pressed while only the skins and stems of the Chardonnay go into the fermenters— no direct-pressed juice. Finally, the remaining 50% of the Merlot is fermented in qual parts whole cluster and crushed/de-stemmed, providing a firm and satisfying structure. Zero sulfur additions.