April Box

Another delightful range of styles this month. We’re thrilled to bring you first, the just released new wine from Deep Down, simply called ‘Blanc’. Also included is Hopesgroves experimental, light Syrah from Hawkes Bay. It screams Autumn drinking. As the nights get cooler, one French and one Italian red should warm things up. And there’s the joy of local Pet-Nat and Riesling to round your By The Box out this month. Have an excellent April. 

 

 

Tettonica Wines Blush Pét-Nat 2022

 

Just the kind of vibrant, dry and fresh Pét-Nat that floats our boat. It’s got lovely tropical, passionfruit, watermelon flavours, and a satiating juiciness. Hand picked Patriarch Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc (95%) and Wrekin Vineyard Pinot Noir (5%) where whole bunch pressed and wild fermented. 

With extensive experience working in Australia, Burgundy, California and New Zealand, Bec Norton and Aaron Zuccaro established Tettonica in Marlborough. They source organic fruit where possible, and have a minimal intervention approach.



Alpine Wine Co. Future Looks Bright Skin-Contact Riesling 2023

 

Drink more Riesling. There we said it (... I think we've said it a few times before) but seriously, this wine shows Rieslings versatility and why we love the grape so much. This is a bright, lifted Rizza with florals, lychee, and a citrus for days. With 24 hours skin-contact, there's a moorish tonicy finish to it. Fruit comes from Mount Edward's Pisa vineyard in Central Otago.

Ben Leen is no stranger to winemaking and no stranger to Central Otago where Alpine was born. Having made wine with the team at Amisfield for years now, Ben is stepping out on his own with Alpine wine co. His wines are fun, energetic and absolutely delicious. It's evident there is a real commitment to his craft as Alpine produce small quantities, hand picks and sources organic fruit from Central Otago for each of his releases.

 

Deep Down Blanc 2023

 

We love both the premise of this wine, and the taste of it. Rather than champion a particular variety, the fellas at Deep Down are championing the beautiful region they make wine in - Marlborough. The result is a harmonious dry white with stonefruit and melon aromatics, a supple palate and fresh, balanced acidity. It happens to be made from Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, but no variety shouts out excessively. Get this around your dining table quick smart.

We’ve fallen deep for Deep Down wines. The partnership of Clive Dougall and Peter Lorimer is the culmination of years of passion and experience. We first crossed paths with Peter in the late 2000’s in London, and followed his career representing great Kiwi producers around the globe. Meanwhile, Clive was winemaker at Seresin for 12 years, leading Marlborough’s way in organic and biodynamic production. The outcome of their partnership? Stylish, organic expressions of great Marlborough vineyards. The fellas show they seriously understand the idea of drinkability, without forgoing interest or detail. 

 

Hopesgrove Le Petit Syrah 2023

 

Answering your call for chillable reds, this is bright and crunchy, with a lifted, botanical nose. There's a little peppery note to the palate that's super supple and light. Organic fruit was given a short maceration of 10 days during ferment, with mostly whole berries (and no stems).

Having been enamoured with Hawke's Bay on a visit from the States, the Koopman family decided to move to the region, and planted vines at their Pakipaki property in 2005. Since then, Pieter Koopman has cemented himself as one of the go-to winemakers in the region. They’re guided by organic and biodynamic practices in the vineyard. With daughter Annabelle, and her Belgium partner Bart now on board, as well as classically framed styles, they're released a light and alternative take on estate grown Syrah.

 

Scala Ciro Rosso Classico Superiore 2021

 

 

This is enticing with aromatics of red fruits, orange peel, wild herbs and baking spices. Its medium bodied and avoids being dense, propped up by dry tannic structure and a fiery finish. Organically grown Gaglioppo, a native Calabrian variety grown in sandy clay soils, was fermented in stainless steel and aged in concrete tanks for a year. 

The Scala family have been running this Calabrian estate, down at the toe of boot that is Italy, since 1949. Now in the hands of Luigi and Francesco Scala, they focus growing organic, indigenous varieties like Gaglioppo, Greco and Magliocco from their 18 hectares of vineyards.

 

Paul Jaboulet Parallèle 45 Côtes du Rhône 2020

 

Côtes Du Rhône has always represented tremendous bang for buck, and this fragrant, Southern Rhône blend of Grenache and Syrah is case in point. It’s now certified organic, and is elegant, medium bodied, and a no brainer with a Sunday roast pork or lamb.

Jaboulet is one of the Rhône Valley’s most celebrated and historic producers. Billionaire Jean-Jacques Frey bought the estate in 2006 and his talented daughter Caroline Frey has been in charge since, converting production to biodynamics. The Frey family also own Château La Lagune in Bordeaux and half of Champagne house Billecart-Salmon.