June Box

This month we’re indulging you further in amazing Greek whites, as well as flavoursome reds from the southern Rhone Valley in France and Emilia Romagna in Italy. Our local stars shine with a Central Otago Orange wine, a wintery style of Rosé, and Marlborough Pinot Noir that’s just so poised and fragrant. Dive in and enjoy, The BTB team x

Oenops Apla White 2022
This bright fruited, fresh, dry white is a blend of indigenous white grapes from Greece’s extremes - Macedonia and Thrace in the North and Crete in the Southern Aegean. It’s got tropical and stone fruit aromatics, a little juicy weight in the palate and citrusy finish.
Established in 2015 by winemaker Nikos Karatzas, Oenops is an exciting project that has found its home in the historic wine region of Drama, Macedonia in the north of Greece. Drawing from his experience in Bordeaux and as head winemaker at Ktima Pavlidis, Nikos champions a philosophy of minimal intervention in the winery. Oenops' primary goal is to highlight Greece's distinct terroirs, cool climates, old vines and indigenous grape varieties. 
 
Bryterlater Brambles Orange 2023
James’ first orange wine, and it’s a banger. Unforced and aromatic, it’s got nice, pithy structure and bright fruit, with a vibrant freshness. Fruit was sourced from Carrick’s organic Bannockburn vineyard in Central Otago.
Nick Drake recorded an ethereal studio album in 1970 called Bryterlater. Ethereal too are James Opie’s Bryterlater releases from North Canterbury. Sourcing organic fruit from vineyards around the region, James produces wines that respect the varied nature of each growing season, and that are produced, as James says, “with patience in the vineyard and patience in the winery.”
 
15 Minute Bottles Roses Rosé
If you haven't been to Roses on Auckland's K Road yet, do yourself a favour and get your arse there. As well as hosting amazing chefs and winemakers, they've teamed up with the 15 Minute Bottles team to produce this tasty drop. It's Rosé with flavour, character and depth, edging close to light, chilled red. And yes it's dry.
15 Minute Bottles is a collaboration between two families, David Collins and Lana Kennett, and Tom Lascelles and Anne Kirsch. The project came about in Europe, when their paths crossed while Tom was working for Austrian natural wine superstar, Claus Preisinger. With both couples coming back to New Zealand in 2021, they saw an opportunity to produce here the style of energetic, approachable natural wines they’d loved in Europe. With one family based in Canterbury, and the other in Central Otago, their intention is to produce multi-regional wines that are unfined, unfiltered with minimal added sulphites. David best explains the reason behind their name, 15 Minute Bottles - 
“It’s rooted in the fun, energetic, thought provoking wine we fell for while in Europe. When we drank a banger, we would call it a '15 minute bottle' because it didn't hang around for long (enjoyed responsibly with a large group of friends of course)”.
 
Sorrell Wines Churton Pinot Noir 2022
Fragrant, red fruited and floral in aromatics, this is fine boned Pinot Noir. It has beautiful, concise, taut structure and excellent length. We’ve been harping on about how great Marlborough Pinot Noir is for a while now, so get involved. Fruit was sourced from the biodynamic Churton Vineyard, hand picked and fermented with 20% whole bunches. Once pressed the wine was aged in seasoned French oak for 14 months. 
Dan Sorrell fell in love with wine in the south of France, having left behind a corporate career in London. He came to Marlborough via Western Australia where he gained some awesome winemaking experience in Margaret River. His wines come from small, organic vineyards and are pure fruited and sophisticated.
 
Tre Monti Campo di Mezzo Sangiovese 2022
This pops. Its an expression of the open, friendly side of Sangiovese. Boldy aromatic with violets, cherry and plums, this core of fruit is met by a crunchy, fresh, lively palate with a grip to finish that's signature of the variety. Organic fruit is fermented on skins for 10 days, before the wine is aged in cerment vats.
Sergio and Thea Navacchia planted their first vines in Emilia Romagna in the 1970's. From the outset they've focused on exceptional quality and the use of indigenous varieties. Today, Tre Monti is run by Sergio and Thea's 3 sons. Their lively, generously flavoured wines are some of the best in Emilia Romagna, a region known for its incredible food and wine culture.
 
Château Pesquié Terrasses Ventoux 2021
Supple and bright fruited, this is an awesome, medium bodied expression of the Ventoux, in the east of the southern Rhone Valley. Plums, dark cherry and spice, it’s a satisfying glass of wine. Grenache and Syrah team up from across this organic estate to produce a harmonious tipple that’s an absolute steal.
Château Pesquié has been in the hands of the Chaudière family across 3 generations. Their organically farmed vineyards are in the Ventoux, a cooler part of the southern Rhone Valley, east of Avignon. With biodynamic practices now in play, they continue to produce supremely well balanced wines of purity and bright fruit.