Norwich-born Ian Hutcheon (NB: I KNEW it would be a Brit behind this!) has released a Cabernet Sauvignon called Meteorito, aged with a 4.5 billion-year-old meteorite from the Asteroid Belt between Mars and Jupiter.
The “extra-terrestrial wine” was created at Hutcheon’s Tremonte Vineyard in the Cachapoal Valley in Chile, which he bought in 2009.
“I’ve been involved in wines and astronomy for many, many years and I wanted to find some way of combining the two,” Hutcheon said. “When you drink this wine, you are drinking elements from the birth of the solar system,” he added.
Belonging to an American collector, the three-inch meteorite is believed to have crashed into the Atacama Desert in northern Chile around 6,000 years ago.
“The idea behind submerging it in wine was to give everybody the opportunity to touch something from space; the very history of the solar system, and feel it via a grand wine,” Hutcheon said.
In April 2010, Cabernet Sauvignon grapes were picked from Hutcheon’s mountain vineyard, planted on an old gold mine 100km south-west of Chile’s capital Santiago.
I’d been wondering how long it’d take before someone decided to release a meteorite-aged wine!!! Ok, that’s a lie, I’ve never wondered that.
With the end of the world being forecast for this year, I can totally see this as being the FINAL STRAW for the Universe: Meteorite-Aged Cabernet. BOOM!!!!!!……….it’s been nice knowing all of you.
Personally, I think here on Earth we just need to keep our heads-down until 2013, and promise not to do anything else to anger the “higher powers”. Maybe it won’t happen with this wine, but if this entrepreneurial Brit decides to release a Meteorite-Aged Moscato, I know for a FACT that we’re all doomed!