Here is a collection of some of our favourite 'low intervention' wines. As little messing around with the fruit as possible, expressive and interesting wines that are true expressions of the places the grapes were grown and the people involved in their crafting.
Craven 'Karibib' Chenin Blanc 2017 (South Africa) - £21.99
Mick Craven started making Chenin Blanc in 2016, when he acquired the beautiful Polkadraai vineyard, planted in 1982. Textured and generous, energy comes from bright acidity and striking minerality.
White peach, ginger and lightly waxy characters fill the mouth, while there’s a saline twist on the finish. Simply lip-smacking. Drink now to 2025.
Vignoble de Reveur 'Singulier' 2018 (Alsace, France) - £23.95
Matthieu and Emanuelle are a couple making organic wine in Alsace, both of them come from families of winemaking royalty, Matthieu is son of Marcel Deiss, who has been at the forefront of all that is good to do with Alsatian wines for many years.
This project leads to wine like no other, a full bodied white blend of Riesling and Pinot Gris, full or apricots and floral notes, soft acidity and a finish full of tight grippy notes.
Filipa Park Bical/Arinto Branco, 2018 (Bairrada, Portugal) - £15.99
Filipa Pato's philosophy is simple: create authentic wines without make-up to express the true nature of the vineyards they come from.
Pato produces the FP Branco using Bical and Arinto (indigenous Portuguese grape varieties) It has an aromatic expression of lemon, white flowers, with a touch of nut in the background.
Chateau De Villeneuve Cabernet Franc 2018 (Saumur, France) - £15.49
This Estate has been making wine since 1577 but is now run by Jean-Pierre Chevallier. The chateau has 25 hectares in the Champigny area in central Loire valley. They have 5 hectares of Chenin and the rest is Cabernet Franc.
This red is made from 100% old vine Cabernet Franc and is a true reflection of its terroir with limestone soils. On the palate, an explosion of red fruits, it has an earthy character with spices on the finish.
Orgo Saperavi 2018 (Georgia) - £20.99
Orgo is a small family-owned winery that produces high quality wines made in traditional qvevri vessels (clay amphora) for vinification and maturation. The winery is run by Temuri Dakishvili, the Dakishvili family’s fourth generation winemaker. His father, Giorgi, is credited as one of the most skilled and influential winemakers in Georgia.
A food driven red with notes of sour cherry, pomegranate, black currant, chocolate and spice with good viscosity, body and warm integrated tannin.
Pittnauer 'Velvet' NV (Austria) - £14.99
Gerhard Pittnauer is undoubtedly one of the stars of the Austrian winemaking scene, producing a host of powerful reds which showcase the quality of Austria’s indigenous grape varieties. His ‘Velvet’ is a form of introduction to Austrian reds. A blend of Zweigelt and Blaufränkisch, it is soft and spicy with those trademark ‘velvety’ tannins.
Total = £113.40
Discounted Total = £100.00