Into The Wild - WHITES
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.
In the whites we have a complex Grüner from Austria, a wildy mineral and saline white grown at the sea's edge in Italy, and a super fresh and aromatic Muscat from Portugal.
Featured here (left to right):
(Burgenland, Austria) Joiseph - Fogosch 2019
Unusual yet gorgeous expression of the Grüner Veltliner grape. The wine is fermented and aged in old barrels for one year, has a lovely texture, a bit of cloudiness and wildness, yet a distinct precision and a finish that goes on and on. Fresh and complex at the same time, a must try. Starts a touch reductive, opens up with 10-15mins of air. 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.
(Liguria, Italy) Possa - Cinque Terre Amphora 2019
Very unique blend of the hyper-local varieties Bosco and Albarola, grown on steep cliffs at the water's edge. The wine sees 5 days of skin contact, and is aged in amphoras for 9 months. Vinified and bottled with zero additions, super pure and transparent. This full bodied white has a gorgeous rounded texture, unique herbal edge, dense fruit, and a pronounced saltiness to reflect its provenance. Truly one-of-a-kind. Made by Heydi Bonanini, one of only a dozen growers still working the insane slopes of the Cinque Terre, and keeping alive a tradition well worth saving. Wines that speak of their sea cliffs origins, of salty winds, of hyper local grape varieties, and pure clarity. A grower for whom biodiversity is not just an aim but a way of life.
(Douro, Portugal) Folias de Baco - Moscatel Galego 2019
A wonderfully aromatic white that is lean and crisp. Made from the Muscat variety, it has very perfumed yet quite restrained compared to more common examples. The palate is a citrus and grapefruit burst with a zesty finish. Made by Tiago Sampaio, a grower who took over his Grandparents' vineyards and 2007 and has progressively become one of Portugal's most sought after natural wine producers.