January Box

Quartz Reef Zero Dosage NV

 

‘Cool and crisp’ is how the Quartz Reef team describe this blend of 62% Pinot Noir and 38% Chardonnay. And it is indeed, with notes of lime, green apple and brioche. Being zero dosage, it’s left as dry as a bone, with a beautiful line of acidity, conjuring those cool Central Otago nights. 

Quartz Reef in Bendigo, Central Otago is a special place for a couple of reasons. As well as being the site of the largest quartz deposit in New Zealand, this is also where Rudi Bauer and his team passionately produce Pinot Gris, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and an awesome range of sparkling wines. The first to plant commercial vineyards at Bendigo Station, Rudi is dedicated to looking after this amazing place. With biodynamic and organic certification, there’s a lot to love, the wines especially. 

Kindeli Blanco 2022

 

There's something very quenching about this wine, in the same way a tonic is. A blend of Sauvignon Blanc and Riesling but in no way is this wine made to be a typical expression of those varieties. This has tropical fruit aromatics and chalky finish. It's super summery and reveals itself with a moment to sit in the glass.

Kindeli wines are created by Alex Craighead in Nelson, NZ. Alex has slowly been chipping away at the preconceived ideas of what wine is and can be in New Zealand. His experience gained working as a flying winemaker all over Europe has clearly shaped his ideas on how wine should be created.  His understanding of the environment in which he works seems to be the driving force of everything he does. Soon to be demeter-certified biodynamic in the vineyards and winery, Alex produces wines with absolutely no chemical inputs or additives. Alex and his Kindeli Wines are recognised around the world for being at the forefront of the natural wine movement. 

 

Envinate Benje Blanco 2020

 

A delicious curiosity with incredible depth - apricot, honey, hot stones, wood smoke, and sea spray. It has a density of flavour and a chalky line of acidity. Grown on Tenerife, in the Canary Islands off the coast of Morocco, bush vines cling to windy, exposed slopes. The variety Listan Blanco (otherwise known as Palomino in Spain) is hand harvested, foot stomped, fermented with wild yeast and aged in large format oak and concrete tanks. 40% of the wine is aged under flor bringing a lovely salty, oxidative edge.

Envínate is the brainchild of 4 friends, winemakers Roberto Santana, Alfonso Torrente, Laura Ramos, and José Martínez.  This gang of 4 formed back in 2005 while studying enology at the University of Miguel Hernandez in Alicante, Spain. Upon graduation, they formed a winemaking consultancy, which evolved into Envínate, a project that focuses on exploring distinctive parcels mainly in the Atlantic-inflected regions of Ribeira Sacra and the Canary Islands. No chemicals are used in any of the Envínate vineyards, all parcels are picked by hand, the grapes are foot-trodden, and the wines are fermented exclusively with wild yeasts. These are some of the most exciting and honest wines being produced in Spain today.

 

Leone de Castris Five Roses Rosato 2022

 

For a glass of wine with holiday vibes look no further. Fresh, quenching and dry, Five Roses is from Puglia, the heel of the boot that is Italy. Leone de Castris lay claim to this being the first commercially bottled Rosé in Italy. It’s mostly made from Negroamaro, the regions main grape variety, with 10% Malvasia Nera di Lecce.

Established in 1665, Leone de Castris are based in Salice Salentino and are the oldest winery in Puglia. Their most important wine is Five Roses Rosato, made with fruit sourced from estate vineyards across the region.

 

Ricca Terra Juicy June 2021

 

Juicy as the name suggests, this is bright fruited with ripe raspberry aromatics and a little spice. Despite its origins in the heat of the Riverlands in South Australia, this remains supple and light.  It’s a blend of Negroamaro and Grenache and is just asking to be chilled down and quaffed in the sun. 

Headed up by Ashley and Holly Ratcliff, Ricca Terra comprises 10 vineyards and 70 hectares of vines in Riverland, South Australia. Their focus is on sustainable winegrowing in every aspect of their venture. To mitigate the region’s heat and the necessity for irrigation, mediterranean, drought tolerant grape varieties are the stars - Vermentino, Nero d’Avola, Montepulciano, Nergoamaro and Grenache. 

Tenute Sella Orbello Coste della Sesia 2022

 

If you’ve delved into the world of Barolo and Barbaresco, then take a chance on this. Like the famous aforementioned regions, it’s predominantly Nebbiolo but in a very elegant, pure-fruited expression. The fruit profile is red berried, with an earthy undertone. While it is more approachable than Barolo generally, this is not without grainy, dry structure and we’d recommend decanting it. Vespolina, Croatina and a pinch of Cabernet make up the rest of the blend. 

Tucked up in the northern part of Piemonte in northern Italy, away from the bright lights of Barolo and Barbaresco, Coste della Sesia is a tiny growing region focusing on varieties the Nebbiolo, Vespolina and Croatina.  It’s here and in Lessona and Bramaterra that the Sella family have been winegrowing for 350 years. The estate remains in family hands, and dedicated to quality and sustainability.