No Ordinary Whites: A selection of our favorite natural white wines! ☀

Written by Michelle Negron on

Summer is almost here and at Vinatur! we want to make sure you're drinking extraordinary whites all year. Especially now when summer is fast approaching.

We've put together a selection of incredible whites from some of our favorite producers that range from near-extinct varieties in Penedès, vineyards on the Northern Hills of the Etna volcano, native varieties on another volcano, the Teide in Tenerife, life-changing, intellectual Chardonnay from Burgundy by one of the Masters, glinty red soils on the Pays de La Loire and complex Grenache blends from the Montsant.

Celler Pardas - Rupestris

Penedès, Catalunya - Spain

Welcome to the world of delicious Pardas white wine. Rupestris is made from Xarello (80%) and Malvasia de Sitges (20%), fermented with wild yeasts and aged for 1,5 months on stainless steel with a light batonnage, then another 3 months in hundred-year-old concrete vats. This delightful and fresh white has the typical chalky texture of the Penedès Xarello, as well as bright citrus fruit and stunning acidity from the Malvasia de Sitges.

Sip it, open it with a meal, it's a wine you can drink every day. 

Frank Cornelissen - Munjebel Bianco

Etna, Sicilia - Italy

2016 and 2015 yielded almost no grapes, and the last of Frank Cornelissen's Bianco with skin contact. Vintages 2014 and earlier are produced like a red wine: full skin-contact to achieve texture and territorial identity. The vineyards (Calderara, Borriglione and Crasa) are located between 650 and 900 m with a blend of 60% Grecanico Dorato and 40% Caricante. From 2015 going forward, the full skin-contact was reduced to preserve the wine's finesse. Lots of minerality from the soil and unique notes from the local varietaly. The unusual character suits a wide variety of dishes and cuisine.

A rare and very interesting white wine!

Borja Pérez - Ignios Orígenes Marmajuelo Blanco

Tenerife, Canary Islands - Spain

This lush and dreamy white wine from Borja Pérez is made from Tenerife’s native Marmajuelo grapes. Marmajuelo is usually very aromatic, with tropical and terpene notes when fermented in stainless steel tanks. Borja ferments in 500 L used French barrels without cooling to add texture and complexity. The wine then ages for 12 months in barrels on the lees. The result is a deep wine, with great acidity and structure, freshness, a broad palate and a long finish.

Jean-Pierre Robinot - Iris 2016

Chahaignes, Pays de la Loire - France

Chenin Blanc is one of the best grapes available for producing long-lasting, age-worthy wines. The vines also react to the prevailing soil types, taking on the minerality of the soils quite strongly if they are not treated with sprays which destroy the microbes and funghi in the soil.

This Chenin Blanc from Jean-Pierre Robinot benefits from the Cretaceous soils in the Loir Valley which glint with red from the flint embedded within the underlying limestone. 

The vines are now over 60 years old and comprises clay made from decomposed red flint sitting over chalky limestone. The result is a profound white wine that is already drinking beautifully, but will continue to improve for many years.

There is no sulphur added to this wine at any stage.

Frédéric Cossard - Beaune Blanc "Les Bressandes"

Saint Romain, Bourgogne - France

Chardonnay from 30+ year old vines on limestone and clay. Three months fermentation on natural yeast, followed by 12 months in old barrels and four months in stainless steel. Hints of grapefruit, oranges, citrus, lemon tarts, scent of flint stones. This wine from Frederic Cossard is packed with pure, translucent and delicate minerality, with acidity to form the backbone! 

The section of Beaune is Les Bressandes, so valuable! The vineyard area is mere 0.35 Ha. 

Celler Comunica - La Pua

Montsant, Catalunya - Spain

Celler Comunica's La Pua is not your average white wine. Only 2000 bottles were produced of this rich and deep blend of mostly white Grenache (85%) with some red (15%). Direct press and fermentation with wild yeasts between 7 - 12 days. The wine ages for 8 months in stainless steel tanks. The flowers, white fruit and Mediterranean herbs aromas immediately transport you to their vineyards in Falset.

One of our favorite whites!


 

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