Mersel | Dar Richi Hanan
Natural wine has no uniform definition. It is a general term used to describe artisanal wine made using organically and/or biodynamically grown hand-picked grapes which are vinified with little or no intervention. Winemakers often rely on indigenous yeast to catalyse natural fermentation, avoiding the use of any chemicals, additives or sulphites.
The result is wine which is alive, energetic, vibrant and unexpected – a welcomed contrast to the industrial practices of the wine industry.
Name of Estate/Domaine:
Dar Richi Hanan was created by a Syrian refugee named Abdullah Richi who moved to Lebanon to escape the atrocities of the Syrian war. Abdullah was interested in winemaking and through observational learning with our wine maker, Eddie Chami, he developed this red still wine and named it after his wife - Hanan.
Abdullah's dream is to go back to Syria and establish his own winery there. At Mersel Wine, we encourage people to follow their dreams and are all for giving back to the community and leaving a positive impact on others.
Country & Region
Bousit - North Lebanon (800m)
Cabernet Sauvignon (60%), Malbec (29%), Sangiovese (11%)
Picked at the beginning of September and de-stemmed into stainless tanks, the wine is fermented for 10 days at 25 degrees celsius and racked off skins. The wines go through Malolactic Fermentation naturally, they are racked twice before being bottled in late spring.
As an aperitif, with lebanese mezzet or shellfish.