We have now been doing monthly wine packs every month since August 2020!
That’s a lot of bottles, boxes & thankyou cards. It makes us feel quite emotional looking back to the early days of the website, packs & deliveries in Spring/Summer 2020.
We owe a huge thanks for all the support – in shopping online, waiting for deliveries & in trusting us to select boxes of wines for you over the years!
We are now 3 years, 36 months & 216 bottles of wine into this trial & it is definitely here to stay!
So… about this months pack… In response to Summer holidays, busy family time & the impending chaos of The Edinburgh Fringe, we designed this one to make life a little easier… We are keeping it simple & full of crowd pleasers.
Some classics, some well known regions, some much loved grape varieties & of course a few unique recommendations that we have been loving!
We have 6 bottles – 1 sparkling, 1 red, 1 orange, 2 whites & a pink.
Featuring bottles from Austria, Italy, France, Portugal & Chile with a big focus on organic grapes & minimal intervention winemaking as always.
This is a long description but they are such interesting wines they deserved it so thanks for taking the time to read!
This months pack includes:
Meinklang Epic Sparkling Frizzante (Biodynamic) – from Austria
A lightly sparkling white wine that is perfect for every occasion. Fruity, floral & packed full of pear, honeydew melon & stone fruit flavours.
The inspiring Mitchlits family own & run this model biodynamic 2,000 hectare estate in the Burgenland region of Austria from one of our favourite minimal intervention wineries. We stock a lot of different still & sparkling wines from Meinklang. We love their use of local indigenous grape varieties as well as biodynamic farming principles (strongly featuring their herd of cows for natural fertilizer – hence the cow label!)
This Sparkling wine is made in the same method as Prosecco (just South over the border in Northern Italy) so it has that same light frothy fizz & soft acidity that so many people love.
This wine is a ‘frizzante’ style as opposed to ‘spumante’ – this may be something you have spotted on wine labels before & been confused by – I remember it as frizzante like fizzy & spumante as sparkling. Sparkling is more than just fizzy!! Maybe that is a method that only brain uses but hope it helps on a wine list in the future!
Alvaro Castro Rose (Organic) – from Portugal
We’ve long loved the refreshing Branco (white) & spicy Tinto (red) from Alvaro & Maria Castro, & now their rosé makes it 3 for 3! Made from a mix of Portugese native grape varieties & a little Cabernet Sauvignon, it’s coral pink & full of ripe tropical & berry fruits with a beautiful nectarine & honeysuckle on the nose.
Delicious & hugely drinkable.
Dry, fruity & flavoursome, it is fantastic by itself but has enough flavour to stand up to grilled seafood, a burrata & peach salad or even take along to a BYOB restaurant for a spiced curry.
This guy is such a good example of a food friendly Rose that it got chosen to feature on Channel 4’s Sunday Brunch last week.
Today the Dão region is probably the best place in Portugal to find fresher aromatic styles of wine made from one of the many interesting indigenous grape varieties Portugal has to offer. And Alvaro Castro is arguably the best winemaker in the region. With white varieties such as Encruzado, Cerceal Branco and Bical and reds such as the Tourigas Nacional and Roriz, Alfrocheiro, Jaen, Tinta Amarela and Tinta Cão, it’s not surprising that Alvaro makes many different wines. What links them is his of traditional and modern techniques, creating wines of balance and integrity.
Martin Obenaus Rot (Biodynamic) – from Austria
Fresh & bright biodynamic Zweigelt from Martin Obenaus in Austria. Think crunchy cherry & raspberry aromas with zippy blackcurrant a touch of green pepper freshness. A Summer red that can be lightly chilled.
This would be great alongside a BBQ in the sunshine, or if the sun never comes then it would equally lovely served with roast pork & grilled peppers/courgette or pink lamb chops & herby salad.
Martin Obenaus is a third-generation passionate winegrower from Weinviertel, Austria. The Obenaus family have lived in Glaubendorf for more than a century now. A tranquil village on the westernmost part of the wine region. The landscape starts to shape into hills and the diurnal temperature range extends. Perfect conditions for natural-winemaking. He is one of the most innovative farmers in the region, implementing “bee-hotels” & compost tea preparations to enhance biodiversity.
Unfined, unfiltered with just a touch of sulphur at bottling.
Rogue Vines Jamon Jamon Orange Wine (Organic) – from Chile
To taste any of the Rogue Vine wines is to discover a completely different side to Chilean wine & this orange wine demonstrates that.
A very expressive nose with notes of quince, flowers & orange peel with a touch of christmas spice (ginger, nutmeg). The palate is medium-bodied, with a slight grip from the maceration on the grape skins during fermentation – just like a light red can have a tannic texture.
It makes a great aperitif & is perfect with a plate of cured ham… hence the name!
A delicate & dry wine on the palate, made with whole bunch fermentation of Moscatel grapes, an extremely aromatic grape variety. Despite the big flavours on the nose this is not sweet at all & shows a crisp acidity & lovely minerality to keep this elegant in the glass.
This is a great orange wine with plenty of personality, it has all of the elements we enjoy in an orange wine – aromatics, ripe citrus pithiness, texture, tannic structure & it’s food friendly! This is the wildcard in the box, to show you something a little unique & it certainly delivers something different than a lot of the Chilean wines we see imported into the UK.
Departement 33 Bordeaux Blanc – from France
What a classic! Département 33 Bordeaux Blanc offers aromatic notes of lime & grapefruit with hints of freshly cut grass & honeysuckle.
Bordeaux may be a region famous for its reds but it produces lovely white wines that are blends of much loved Sauvignon Blanc with Semillon grapes.
Fresh, fruity aromas on the nose follow through onto a wonderfully textured palate, with refreshing gooseberry acidity & a driven mineral finish. The goal of the winemaker was to produce a Bordeaux Blanc that performed like a fine wine but whose price tag was much less intimidating, we think it definitely succeeds.
There are two major styles of White Bordeaux: Light & Fruity or Rich & Creamy. This wine is firmly in the light & fruity camp which makes it a perfect match for asparagus risotto, pea ravioli, goats cheese, crab or sushi.
La Jara Pinot Grigio (Organic) – from Italy
La Jara Pinot Grigio has a great personality & is versatile for fresh summery food or as an aperitif.
This organic Pinot Grigio is a thousand miles from the hum drum Pinot Grigio currently flooding the market. A combination of organic methods, ancient family traditions & adoption of the most up to date practices results in wines that stand apart from the industrially produced wines that bear the same name. A real finesse is apparent at La Jara & all their wines offer a wonderful relief from what might be expected. We have a great Prosecco from the winery also that has been a shop favourite for years!
Expect intense ripe citrussy perfume on the nose with delicate hints of peach & apricot. Followed by a soft, crisp palate which feels fruity & fresh.
This makes a classic refreshing aperitif but would be lovely as a crisp glass of white alongside a chicken salad, gnocchi with lemon & butter or grilled white fish.
Cheers to a sunny August!