Into The Wild - REDS
In this section we feature and celebrate the leftfield wines, the wines with an edge of wildness, that extra little something that breaks the mould and excites with every sip.
For the reds we have a gorgeous aged natural red from Southern France, a soulful and deep Austrian Blaufränkisch, and a juicy Gamay from Burgundy with serious depth.
Featured here (left to right):
(Tavel, France) Balazu des Vaussieres - Bleuet 2015
A rare example of a matured natural red. This medium bodied blend of Grenache, Carignan, and Mourvedre spent four years in tanks before being bottled and rested for another half year. Dark forest fruit alongside spices, tobacco, liquorice, caramel, really distinct and earthy. Made by Nadia and Christian, whose commitment to natural farming goes far beyond the requirements of organic and biodynamic standards. The result are wines infused with their own distinctive energy.
(Burgenland, Austria) Joiseph - BFF 2018
Joiseph's trademark red, the BFF, is back with this new vintage. Made from Blaufränkisch, this wine is lean yet full of nuances, velvety, perfectly spicy, perfectly elegant. The colour is pretty amazing, almost beetroot purple. A stunning recent release. Joiseph is a collaboration between three friends that started with the 2015 vintage and has grown from a tiny hectare to nearly five hectares. The wines across the range are distinct, wildly exciting, and full of energy.
(Burgundy, France) Domaine de Thalie - Pierres Levées Rouge 2018
A wonderful Gamay from Southern Burgundy. This is not quite the typical light and bright style found in Beaujolais further South but rather a more textured and darker-fruited affair. Very juicy, packed full of flavour, an immediate wine that punches way above its weight. Gorgeous. Made by Peter Gierszewki, a first generation Burgundian of Polish parents who started this small 4.5 ha estate in 2009 with a view to push the limits of natural farming in his parcels, an ethos he also brings into the cellar. Beautiful naturally made Burgundy wines but with a very strong sense of belonging.