A unique and diverse selection of three styles from three countries. Tense and earthy/ citrusy from Slovakia, savoury and aromatic from Austria, and crisp and aromatic/mineral from Spain
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(Hlohovec, Slovakia) Slobodne - Oranzista 2018
One of the estate's core orange wines. Made from Pinot Gris and with partial skin contact for one week, the result is a light orange wine with a vibrant colour, potent and fresh acidity, and just enough texture for a juicy and rounded finish. Zesty with notes of citrus fruits and herbs, and lovely earthy tones. Slobodne are a fascinating family-run winery going back to the early 20th century. They rebuilt their farm over the past 25 years following a 50-yr break due to the hardships of WWII and then 40 years of communism. Now run by two sisters and their two partners, they are making some of the most exciting skin-contact wines around today.
(Kamptal, Austria) Malinga - Sauvignon Blanc 2018
A disctint aromatic orange wine. Herbal notes, stone fruits, very enticing interplay of savoury and fruity profiles on the palate. Gorgeous premium wine that spends about two weeks on its skins before aging in barrels for one year. Made by Christoph Heiss, a young producer who has recently taken over his family's winery in Engabrunn, Kamptal, and is producing some of the most exciting wines in Austria today. Christoph is a big proponent of natural farming and biodiversity, and we're excited to follow him on his journey.
(Navarra, Spain) Azul y Garanza - Naturaleza Salvaje Blanco 2019
The perfect 'gateway' orange wine. Fermented on its skins for 10 days, this old-vine Grenache Blanc then spent 8 months in clay amphoras. It's light in colour, low alcohol, and so crisp and fresh. Lovely fruity aromatic and now showing a saline component. Perfect on its own or with a variety of foods. Made by Maria, Dani, and Fernando, a dynamic trio who slowly converted an abandoned cooperative building in their village of Carcastillo to a fully operational winery. A huge commitment to biodiversity in the vines leads to wines of pronounced purity.