The Juice Asylum is a project started in 2016 by Alessio Guidi. Being a fanatic on all things quirky, interesting and above all terroir driven, he embraces the idea of allowing wine to have an experimental playground where the natural element is encouraged rather than denied and put into a ‘facility’ (an Asylum, if you will) for correction. Since so much time is spent on the selection of the grapes (sourced from biodynamic or organic vineyards in Tuscany) the brief is to use minimal intervention, co-fermentation and different styles of ageing to allow the wine to speak of where it is from rather than be ‘made’.
The Juice Asylum Lost Under Heaven 2018
100% Chardonnay from the Pian dell’Oca vineyard which is characterized by soils from the Pleistocene (3 million – 120,000 years ago) of fluvial origin, rich in clay and limestone. The plants are 13 years old. The vines are guyot-trained at an altitude of 330 metres a.s.l. / 1,082 feet a.s.l. and grow at a density of 3,579 plants / hectare (1,431 plants / acre) with a North-West row orientation. Biodynamic
Fermented on the skins for 5 days. Fermentation took place in a single barrique. The wine was then moved to several demi-johns where it aged for 3 years.
132 bottles produced