We’ve been championing these wines for years now but it’s not always the easiest category to navigate.
So this pack is designed to introduce you to 3 different styles of orange wine… Aromatic, zesty, juicy, savoury, textured, herbal & perfumed.
From Chile, Spain & Austria.
Orange Wine (aka skin macerated white) is when white wine is treated similarly to red wine in the winemaking process, the juice is left in contact with the skins of the grapes in order to take on colour, aroma & mouthfeel. The wines range from peach to amber in colour hence the name.
They are a very food friendly style of wine as they have great acidity, fruit flavours & texture. All these bottles are organic & made with minimal intervention.
GONZALEZ BASTIAS NARANJO (Chile) A super perfumed orange wine from the heart of the Maule Valley, Chile. Made from a blend of Torontel, Moscatel & País grapes, the fruit is macerated with skins for 60 days in the traditional style of this region. Despite its relatively long skin-contact, this wine is soft on tannin & texture. It is full of flavours of stone fruit, apricot yoghurt & peach blossom. Winemaking is as traditional as it gets: fermentation in cement, ageing in old oak or clay amphorae, no fining nor filtration, and no additions of any type, including sulphites. This wine is the very aromatic end of the spectrum & would be an absolutely perfect accompaniment to any spicy food.
MEINKLANG WEISSER MULATSCHAK (Austria) This ‘living’ wine is appley, yeasty & fresh, with hints of rose & lychee on top of tangerine & grapefruit. A very popular & wallet friendly intro to this style from biodynamic winery ‘Meinklang’ This wine sees spontaneous fermentation, with very low sulphites, this wine is a nod in the natural & orange style of winemaking. Pinot Gris, Gewurztraminer & Welschriesling grapes make up the blend. Sealed with a crown cap.
ORLY LUMBRERAS MILA GRITOS (Spain) Milagritos Blanco is a blend of 75% Albillo Real from a 65-year-old East-facing vineyard at 740m altitude & 25% Chasselas Doré from a 70-year-old Southwest-facing vineyard at 765m altitude. The Albillo Real was harvested first on August 13, followed by the Chasselas on September 4, 2018. The Albillo went directly into a 1000 liter stainless steel tank, with 15% whole bunches (the rest was destemmed) & 34 days of skin contact. This is a serious & savoury example of orange wine, it has great acidity combined with a herbal salty backbone. This is full of ripe pear fruit & a touch of grippy tannic structure. There’s a lovely hit of minerality & an edge of almond bitterness at the finish.