G R A P E:
1. Folias de Baco, “UIVO Vinho Branco Moscatel Galego”
Fun and linear example of moscatel without skin contact. Smells like a bed of psychedelic spring flowers and a bowl of freshly cut tropical fruits. Tastes like lychee, pineapple and mango. Slightly salty with a light, crisp body, and a touch of residual sugar that only enhances the fruit. A charming, bewitching wine to drink, cold, on the stoop.
2. Bourgogne Blanc, Sylvain Bzikot
Clean and fresh on the palate, the Bourgogne shows Puligny-like characters of apples, spiced pears, white flowers and stony mineral notes in the long finish. Somewhat more elegant and finessed than Puligny, almost akin to Chablis Grand Cru, and all for a significantly more modest price.
T E R R O I R:
1. Volcanico Pais
Volcanico Pais comes from a very old vine (100 years and more) grown on volcanic soil. Hand harvested, fermentation starts spontaneously with native yeast, Malolactic fermentation occurs naturally. It is fermented and aged in concrete vats, the extraction is very subtle. The skins are basket pressed. The wine is then aged in large wood vessels and after 14 months is bottled with a very coarse filtration. The delicate underbrush aromas of Itatas wild grass, red fruits and a little bit of cassis are aromas and flavours that characterise this wine. A fresh wine, delicate, marked by fine grain tannins that give a very unique structure and create a long lingering finish with a distinctive mineral character due to the volcanic soils where the old vines thrive.
2. UBE Miraflores
A fresh, savoury wine, the UBE Miraflores is a beautiful introduction to the terroirs of Sanlúcar de Barrameda. This winegrowing region is renowned for its chalky albariza soils and coastal setting, which impart a brightness and salinity onto wines produced here. Made in a ‘sherry-like’ style, this wine is aged under flor but is not fortified, with a focus of fruit character. The resulting wine is fresh and easy to drink. The nose gives intense floral aromas, with notes of very ripe white fruit and fresh yeast. The mouth is zesty with citrus, orchard fruit and a saline edge typical of the area.
M E T H O D :
1. Lovamor, Alfredo Maestro
Orange wine aged and fermented in steel tanks. This cuvee sees a wee bit of skin contact and is fermented with wild yeasts in steel vats with 6 days of skin. It matures in vats on the lees, clarifies naturally over the winter, and is eventually bottled unfined & unfiltered without the addition of SO2.
Lovamor’s appearance is slightly turbid and pink-tinged with savoury, funky notes woven through orchard fruits, flowers, and mineral notes as well as a red apple skin, phenolic bite on the dry finish. And we have a lot of love/amore for the label, little Red Riding Hood planting a smacker on the lips of the wolf.
2. Archil Guniava, Otskhanuri Sapere Blend
A blend of Otskhanuri Sapere and Tsolikouri grapes hand-harvested from halfy-trellised vines grown in clay soil. The white Tsolikouri grapes go into Qvevri first after a short maceration and press before the red Otskhanuri Sapere grapes are harvested in November, macerated, and pressed into the Qvevri along with some pomace and stems. The wine ages for a short period of time before being bottled unfined, unfiltered, and with zero additional SO2.
Reminiscent of a Loire Red, but with Georgian sensibilities. Denser red fruit and savory tomato mingle with a mushroomy aroma. Lightly tannic with a long, smoky finish. A perfect BBQ red. Serve at room temperature with a hearty Mediterranean feast.