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 super fresh and aromatic Muscat from Portugal, a wild skin-fermented wine that was also macerated with wild hops, and a cloudy and complex Grüner from Austria. Featured here (left to right):
(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.
(Hlohovec, Slovakia) Slobodne - Hopera 2019
Mad! This blend of Grüner and Sauvignon spends a week on its skins and then a couple of weeks macerating with wild hops picked from their own forest. Very much a 'wine' but featuring a unique hoppy and herbal character. Light, fresh, delicious. 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.
(Burgenland, Austria) Joiseph - Fogosch 2018
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. 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.