April 2016 in Forest Wines was all about natural wine. In conjunction with "The Real Wine Fair" we promoted a variety of natural wines from our range.
The Real Wine Fair is a two day wine event celebrating artisan growers who work with minimal intervention in the vineyard and the winery.
Over 150 growers and winemakers pour and present their wines to consumers, wine trade professionals and members of the press.
In addition to the extensive range of wines, The Fair also features an array of artisan food producers, an on-site shop and a series of seminars and masterclasses on themes surrounding natural wine. The first day is open to general public and you can get your tickets here.
But back to our bottles, all were available at great discounts, it's time to get you onboard the "natural wine" train. So what is natural wine? While currently not regulated by an official definition, natural wines are made from sustainably farmed, organic (or biodynamic) grapes, with nothing removed or added during winemaking, bar at most a dash of sulfites. It is good old-fashioned grape juice fermented into wine just as nature intended. If you care about what's in your glass, want to explore unique flavours, or are keen to support small-scale producers, then you need to know more about natural wine.
We picked two natural whites - Soave Castelcerino, AA Filippi - the highest vinyeard (320-400 meters) above sea level in Castelcerino, Northern Italy. High forest density in the area creates a perfect micro-climate contributing to the persistence of perfumes and aromas in the wine. 100% Garganega grape from 70 year old vines, it's a really elegant and fresh wine, ideal for summer drinking with fish, salads and light pasta dishes.
And Les Sauvers Binner - the estate was founded in 1770 and has been passed down though the family ever since. This wine is a blend of several grapes - Riesling, Sylvaner, Muscat, Pinot Gris and Auxerrois, each contributing to the overall taste. The result is a wine that is intense, ripe and concentrated / fresh, fruity and floral with peach, almonds and honey hints and beautiful acidity.
There were several reds to choose from - the crowd favourite from our last wine tasting, Tragolargo, high altitude Monastrell also know as Mataro, Mouvedre depending on its region. From young bush vines farmed and trained to give up the best and fullest juice in its youth. The high altitudes helps offset the bake Alicante would otherwise subject the fruit. No oak but some carbonic maceration to capture that succulent cherry and plum without the rigidity of tannins. Unfiltered for that extra farmy wholesomeness.
The beautifully soft Les Galets is an unoaked, non-filtered wine oozing southern french character and natural freshness. It's full of plump juicy berry fruit, liquorice and spice.
Travelling a little further up north to Ardeche, the Mas Libian is a wildly perfumed and seductive wine with plenty of juicy red berry and macerated plum aromas, packed with energy and layers of dark cherry, and dark chocolate.
We stay in France for the next two wines - both 100% gamay - Beaujolais from Chateau Cambon, complex yet inviting red is from 80 year old vines and has a pronounced acidity making it a great food wine. A real fruit bomb!
Same grape here, yet such a different wine - Lapierre Raisins Gaulois Gamay - from much younger vines this red wine is beautifully aromatic and crisp. It is delightfully fresh, balanced and fruity. Best enjoyed lightly chilled! If you have the habit of buying Beaujolais nouveau, try this more rewarding, yet easy drinking, uncomplicated wine instead.
And finally, last but not least, Ottavio Rube, made by a Cooperative known as ‘Vallie Unite,’ situated in the North West of Piemonte, Italy. The members of the Cooperative produce all sorts of food and drink, including this exceptional savoury red; fresh and juicy with hints of earthiness. It's medium-bodied wine with a real rustic charm.
We hope there's something to choose for everyone, whether you are looking for a easy drinking, food pairing or something bit more complex. Don't forget these great promos were on all month, so look out for the little "Real Wine Month" tags throughout the shop.