According to the guys at Raw Wine; “Natural Wine is farmed organically (biodynamically, using permaculture or the like) and made (or rather transformed) without adding or removing anything in the cellar. No additives or processing aids are used, and ‘intervention’ in the naturally occurring fermentation process is kept to a minimum. As such neither fining nor (tight) filtration are used. The result is a living wine – wholesome and full of naturally occurring microbiology.”
Baglio Antico Catarratto Orange 2019, Ciello, Sicily £17.00
Baglio Antico Catarratto Ciello, Natural Orange Wine, a great value entry point for the Orange wine style. If you are not familiar with orange wines, then this is a great place to start without breaking the budget.
Bourgogne Blanc ‘Terroir Noble’, Vincent Girardin 2017, Burgundy, France £21.50
Vincent Girardin exists today as one of the smaller Burgundy negociant houses, owning 13 hectares of prime vineyards.
This Bourgogne Blanc is, thanks to Burgundy’s strict vineyard classifications, something of a bargain as the fruit is all sourced from Puligny, Chassagne and Meursault (hence ‘Terroir Noble’)
Chenin Blanc 2017, Reverie, Lowerland, Western Cape, South Africa £29.00
Just 350 bottles of the scarce 2017 vintage came to the UK, with volumes drastically reduced by the drought in the Western Cape but these hardy old vines with their deep roots weathered the worst and though fewer grapes grew, those that did gave intensely concentrated flavours, which you’ll find in this marvellous Chenin. Low in alcohol but high in flavour and reward.
Love at first taste. Frangipani, citrus blossom overlaying a grippy, savoury light-bodied wine. Just brilliant.
Beck Ink 2017, Weingut Judith Beck, Burgenland, Austria £15.00
Judith Beck lives amongst her vines, so you can be sure that she’s developed a deep relationship with them.
A rewarding natural red wine that is very fragrant, light in tannin and has good acid balanced – it’s a delicious crisp red, and the wine holds a beautiful red-violet color.
Tragolargo Monastrell 2017/ 18, Bodega Vinessens, Alicante, Spain £13.00
Vinessens is a small family winery whose owners Andrés Carull and Marta Ribera produce signature and/or garage wines with an ecological philosophy.
Tragolargo, as the name itself indicates, is a pleasant and easy to drink wine that expresses with its youth the freshest character of the Monastrell grape.
Super drinkable version of this robust grape. Black and red berries with plenty of smoked meat. BBQ and grilled meat wine!
Lo Petit Fantet L’Hippolyte 2018, Chateau Ollieux-Romanis £13.25
Located in Boutenac, just south of the village of Corbières in the Languedoc region, Ollieux-Romanis is now one of the largest privately owned wineries in
Corbières, spanning some 130 hectares.
This organic Corbières wine is packed with black cherry, bouquet garni and sweet spices. Rich and full in the mouth, a real treat from start to finish