You heard about Natural Wines and want to know how different they can taste to the conventional stuff you might be getting in the supermarkets?
We've put together this box for those of you who are totally new to Natural Wine and want to know how different it tastes.
Whilst these wines might not be premium enough for some fancy restaurants, they'll give you an idea of some Natural Wines' characteristics, as we'll explain below...
So what's in the box?
This is what's known as a Pét-Nat wine. It's a sparkling wine, but unlike most other sparkling production methods this one finishes its fermentation IN the bottle. This creates quite a different bubble experience, and you'll notice it has a richer flavour-profile than the sparkling wines made for supermarkets. It's not refined in the sense of champagne or stylish prosecco, instead it's unfiltered and might have a slightly strange aroma at first. Some of these wines are a little unstable because of their artisan production methods, especially with the fermentation in the bottle so can sometimes bubble over if not cold enough on opening. So, serve it very cold and give it a few sips to get used to it.
This one in particular from Italian producer Mirco Mariotti is refreshing with some yeasty notes that might make some people think of a beer. Dare we say, it could be what some people may refer to as a little "funky" ! It has a slightly salty, mineral finish, and would work well for a celebration or hot afternoon.
Enderle & Moll - Pur
This is a lovely unfiltered, very gluggable white wine! Made by German producer Enderle & Moll, this wine's use of the Müller-Thurgau grape gives us lovely notes of apricots, gummibears, lemon zest, mild grapefruit and a touch of salt... but everyone's palate is different - what do you taste with it?
Let us know, we'd love to find out! We're sure you agree this has a super easy drinking, juicy texture and fantastic mouthfeel - unlike what you might be used to assuming you are new to natural wine...
Denavola - Catavela
You might have heard of orange wines? They're not actually made from oranges hehe, but instead grapes! And we wanted to include one here so you can give them a try! Orange wines, otherwise known as 'skin-contact' wines are made using white grapes which are left to ferment with their skins too, just like a red wine usually is (but a white wine is usually not). In a nutshell, an orange wine, is a white wine made similar to how a red wine is made.
This creates a totally different flavour-profile, as the skins contain a lot of flavour, and tannin. Instead of the usual white-wine flavours, you'll find orange wines veer more towards sour and sometimes bitter (in a pleasant way!). Interestingly, they also sometimes have flavour notes of sherbet, candied orange, green tea, bruised apple or unsweetened honey. They take some time to get used to, but regardless they are often very special and many natural winemakers nowadays make them because of the unique flavour-profiles that can be achieved with them.
This skin-contact wine from Emilia-Romagna producer Denavola is aromatic in its florality, citrus-dominant, herbal and perhaps even a little tart for some! Some might think of tropical orange sodas when drinking it - very interesting indeed!