We’ve launched a brand new Video Series where we share our favourite natural wines, interesting stories about the winemakers, and much more! If you’re interested in learning more about our wines, where they come from and what makes them so special, check out our first episode below. We hope you enjoy it!
We’re starting off with Sylvain Bock who produces exciting white and red wines in the Ardèche region of southern France. Sylvain works without using sulphur and he matures his wines in fibreglass and stainless steel tanks and old oak barrels depending on the particular wine he is making. The old barrel maturation also ensures that the wine is clear and bright in the glass. A very exciting taste!
Next is Joy Kull who commits to non-interventionist farming, native varietals, indigenous yeast, and no-sulfur winemaking. Though she does produce an ageworthy Aleatico, and will eventually make a special expression from her high altidude (600m) vines, the wines on today's offer are simple, enticing and delicious, and meant for early or immediate consumption.
And last but not least, we introduce Frank Cornelissen who takes natural to a new level, and his wines are utterly compelling. He avoids any sorts of spraying, including the sulfur and copper remedies used by organic and biodynamic growers. Frank doesn’t like the idea of monoculture, so interplants the vines with various local fruits and wheat.
ALL WINES MENTIONED IN THIS VIDEO CAN BE PURCHASED BELOW!
This beautiful 2012 Chardonnay comes from the Ardèche and has spent twelve months in the barrel fermenting. The time spent in old barrels has produced an elegant, soft, subtle wine of considerable charm.
This is a refined and compelling wine that truly benefits from the long elevage.
Joy Kull tends the vines of her Azienda Agricola, La Villana, on the slopes of the crater lake Lago di Bolsena north of Rome. The authochthonous grapes Joy grows are nurtured by the volcanic soils of the crater at moderate altitude and enjoy ideal sun exposure and dry winds.
The 2016 Rosato is a lovely rosé composed of 2/3 Sangiovese and 1/3 Aleatico, both crushed under foot and pressed directly. These were supposed to become two separate wines, but Joy decided to blend them this year to create this fantastically refreshing summer wine.
The 2017 Rosato is 100% Aleatico, a wonderfully refreshing wine with fascinating notes of grapefruit and a healthy amount of acidity. We love this wine!
*Note: Contadino is now called Susucaru Rosso! Magnums available!
The introductory wine to Natural Wine legend Frank Cornelissen of Sicily. Consisting predominantly of Nerello Mascalese (85%), Frank also vinified this wine with autochthonous varietals Nerello Capuccio, Allicante Bouschet, Minellanera, Uva Francesa and Minella Bianco. Contadino represents the traditional style of Mount Etna, where many varietals were often planted together: Elegant, well structured and with a beautiful nose.
Einstiegswein der Naturwein-Legende Frank Cornelissen. Tonangebend ist Nerello Mascalese mit rund 85 Prozent, dazu verwendet er Nerello Capuccio, Allicante Bouschet, Minellanera, Uva Francesa und Minella Bianco. Der Contadino repräsentiert den traditionellen Stil des Ätna, wo stets viele Sorten gemischt angepflanzt wurden: Wohlriechend, elegant und gut strukturiert.