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This wine has real character – all the juicy elements of Tempranillo. Cherry-red, purplish, brilliant colour with notes of fresh fruit, strawberries, raspberries, cherries and violets with clean mineral tones from the granite, this little natural wine is phenomenal value.
Aroa is a winery, in D.O. Navarra, where wine and Organic methods of cultivating go hand in hand. Carefully selected vineyards, located in the highest and coolest area of the region, hand-picked grapes. A fresh, easy drinking red that is packed full of fruit.
The winery sits 1100 metres above sea level, inland of Valencia. Organic methods are used to manage the vines and the grapes are vinified as naturally as possible with native yeasts and little other intervention. This Bobal shows distinctive power, vibrant fruit, freshness with soft and ripe tannin. It is spicy and juicy with a well rounded palate with a fascinating crunchy-fruit freshness. The Altolandon vineyards are farmed organically, sustainably and biodynamically.
A very pale orange pink colour, the nose is elegant with sweet aromas of stone fruits, mineral and anise, supported by apricot, mirabelle plum and citrus notes. Full and well rounded on the palate, with plenty of weight, yet still elegant, lively and light in body. Easy to drink.
Owner Pablo Calatayud is committed to nurturing and championing the indigenous varieties of the region, most notably the Mando and Verdil grapes, both of which have been on the edge of extinction.
A rich and fruity style of wine with big red berry flavours, subtle spice, mouth watering acidity, smooth tannins and a long lasting finish. There are lots of dragonflies around the vineyard, hence the label!
Located just outside the quiet village of Valiano di Montepulciano, with Cortona on one side and Montepulciano on the other, Avignonesi is comprised of 9 vineyard plots, a villa, a chapel and the historic wine cellars. This is fruit forward, easy drinking and accessible. A fantastic option for an everyday bottle. Cherries, blackberries, thyme, red pepper and exotic spices.
Fattoria di Vaira is one of the largest biodynamic farms in Italy. Here they cultivate vegetables, grains and cereals, and produce fresh cheeses, olive oil and honey. After several years of applying biodynamic practices, their soil has been restored, reaching a degree of purity similar to wild soil.
Red fruits and Mediterranean forest herbs, such as thyme and rosemary come through on the palate. The spicy background gives the wine a wonderful elegance and freshness, amongst floral notes which can also be found. Rustic, but seductive with a slightly balsamic finish.
Da-Di is vinified in 12 terracotta vessels made in Tuscany. Chinese for “earth, soil”, the name Da-Di was chosen to underline this particularity. The clay gives this 100% Sangiovese a vibrant and unvarnished taste of red fruit. Da-Di is bursting with the freshness and elegance typical of amphora-ageing. Medium body, sleek texture and mouth-watering red berries and cherries tantalise the senses
Jean-Christophe Bott has been responsible for Domaine Bott-Geyl since 1993. The vineyards were converted to organic status in 2000 and biodynamic in 2002. jean-Christophe concentrates on low yielding vines and his wines are made using natural and minimalist techniques. Intense, spicy and exotic notes are expressed in this well-balanced, elegant wine.
Wine maker Guillaume Reynouard has 18 hectares, including a parcel of Pineau d’Aunis, a grape that was forgotten and vilified in the Saumur region, but which is being appreciated more and more over the last couple of years. The distinguishing characteristic of pineau d’aunis is black pepper. This is accompanied by menthol notes of Sichuan pepper and discrete tannins. Drinks well with oily fish, chicken and Asian vegetable dishes.
Starting an organic, biodynamic vineyard purely for the Godello grape, which was not a common thing at the time and an under rated, nearly lost grape, Nacho Gonzalez has become recognised internationally for his work in maintaining and preserving the history of Spanish winemaking. This is an interesting natural wine with flavours of peach and citrus and notes of earthiness and apricot.
Gerard Gauby was convinced that the old vines at Fenouilledes, at the foot of the Pyrenees benefited from a cooler climate and had the potential to produce wines of really high quality. At 650 metres above sea level these vines are some of the highest in France. The wines are renowned for their purity, vitality and character. They are to be found on some of the finest tables from Paris, London, New York and further afield.
Niepoort have been making wines and ports in the Duoro Valley since 1842, the business being passed through five generations. Conciso is the Niepoort interpretation of a fine and elegant Dão, a wine that shows the full potential and character of a very old vineyard, where Baga and Jaen are predominant.
This shows fresh mineral aromas with some complex spicy notes before loads of fresh fruit on the palate. Wild berries, minerality throughout and a long, delicate finish. A great accompaniment to any traditional game dishes.
Founded in 1974, Avignonesi is the leading winery in the Montepulciano area of Tuscany. The Desiderio is the perfect balance of sweet fruity aromas with blackcurrant, eucalyptus and cherries on the palate. Desiderio is the name of a Chianina bull, pictured on the label, which lived on the Avignonesi’s Capezzine farm over one hundred years ago and has become a legend. At his time, Desiderio was the largest bull in Tuscany and because of his amazing stamina, this majestic animal helped refine and define the Chianina cattle breed endemic to Tuscany