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 funky and rich Sauvignon Blanc, a cloudy and complex Grüner from Austria, and a generous but fresh Southern Rhône blend.
Featured here (left to right):
(Tavel, France) Balazu des Vaussieres - Jasmin 2017
A really unique wine, this time coming from Tavel in France's Southern Rhone. A blend of nearly all the local grapes including Grenache Blanc, Marsanne, Roussanne, Viognier, Clairette, and Bourboulenc. Aged for 18 months in steel tanks prior to bottling with zero additions, this wine is wildly complex with notes of mediterranean herbs, fennel, and thyme alongside apples and pears. Made by Nadia and Christian, whose commitment to natural farming goes far beyond the requirements of organic and biodynamic standards. The result are wines infused with their own distinctive energy.
(Burgenland, Austria) Joiseph - Fogosch 2017
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.
(Piemonte, Italy) Cascina Zerbetta - Quattrocento 2017
Sauvignon Blanc grown on 'Terra Rossa', a heavy red clay that gives this wine concentration and texture but also a lovely saline edge. Stone fruits mingling with herbal notes and a light flinty toastiness (no oak used). Made by Paolo Malfatti, a Piemonte native who planted his vines on previously unused land in Monferrato in the late 90's. In this picturesque corner of Italy's Northwest, vines grow alongside organic hazelnuts and wild plants.