The focus here is accessibility and value. We have put together a wonderful selection of two whites, one orange, and three reds from Austria, Portugal, Spain, and Italy. They are all easy going, fresh, uncomplicated, and with wide appeal.
Featured here (left to right):
(Kamptal, Austria) Nibiru - Grundstein Grüner Veltliner 2018
Linear and mineral, dry and crisp. Very refreshing with just a touch of texture, and a distinct saline finish. Will comfortably accompany most meals. A great entry-point into the wines of Julia & Josef, a young couple who are only on their third vintage but showing impressive maturity.
(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.
(Penedes, Spain) Entre Vinyes - Oniric Brisat 2019
The perfect 'gateway' orange wine. Part fermented on its skins for 14 days, this old-vine Xarel-lo/ Parellada blend then spent 8 months in clay amphoras as well as steel tanks. It's very light in colour, low alcohol, crisp and fresh yet so soft and drinkable. Lovely fruity aromatic with a slight saline component. Perfect on its own or with a variety of foods. Made by Maria & Pep, a couple who started from scratch in 2012 after taking over some old vineyards, and have slowly built this project into the successful and experimental winery it is today.
(Navarra, Spain) Azul y Garanza - Abril 2019
Tempranillo from a desert region in Northern Spain. Medium bodied, great aromatic, black fruits and spice, very fresh. 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.
(Sicily, Italy) Valdibella - Kerasos 2019
Very enticing Nero d'Avola from the western coast of Sicily. Potent aromatic of cherries and spice, and a very juicy palate yet with a nice restraint and some savoury notes. Medium bodied with some fine tannins. A fantastic every day red. Made by the team at Valdibella, an impressive and inspiring cooperative based in Sicily's west who have a huge focus on biodiverse farmlands, an active social impact, and are part of the Addiopizzo anti-mafia movement.
(Tuscany, Italy) Fattoria di Sammontana - Sangiovese 2018
A very crisp and pure Sangiovese from Tuscany. Lovely bright fruit and great energy. Medium bodied at most, but structured & dry. Fantastic with food in particular. Made by Daniele & Dario, the fourth generation at this Tuscan estate. Within the range they make a balanced mix of traditional Sangioveses along with experimental wines vinified in clay amphoras (see the orange wine section).