Pleasure Level Orange
Top notch selection of some of our favourite and rarer orange wines.
Within these three you have a varied selection of zesty and aromatic, floral and soulful, and saline and structured.
Featured here (left to right):
(Mosel, Germany) Staffelter Hof - Orange Utan 2018
A zesty and aromatic bomb made from Riesling and Muscat. 6 weeks of skin contact and one year in very old and large barrels has given this wine a gorgeous texture, colour, and balance. Spices, citrus fruits, and flowers mingle with a mouthwatering acidity and serious drinkability. Made by Jan Klein, the latest generation at the helm on this historical estate which has been in the family since 1805, but operating as a winery since 862...! Jan started to produce a special range of wines with no added sulphites in 2014, a range that has now expanded to nearly ten singular wines.
(Hlohovec, Slovakia) Slobodne - Cutis Pinoter 2017
A deep coloured Pinot Gris that spent two weeks on its skins and 18 months in steel tanks. One of Slobodne's flagship orange wines, this 2017 vintage is absolutely glorious. Floral, stone fruits but also red fruits, guava, and much more. In a strange way, close your eyes and it's almost as if you are drinking a Pinot Noir. 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.
(Tuscany, Italy) Fattoria di Sammontana - Primo Fuoco Bianco 2019
A very small production wine made from Trebbiano Toscano. The wine spent three months on its skins (!) and a further 6 months in local clay amphoras. This one is structured and firm, but with a salty complexity and savoury character that will work wonders with most white meats, chunky white fish, or any bold flavours in food. Serious stuff. Made by Daniele & Dario, the fourth generation at this biodynamic Tuscan estate. Within the range they make a balanced mix of traditional Sangioveses along with these more experimental wines vinified in clay amphoras.