Just a playful title to catch your attention! This month’s selection reflects our recent efforts to source some knock-out organic and biodynamic wines over the winter. All of these wines will be open to taste at BinTwo on Saturday 26th May from 12.30 – 5pm (ish) courtesy of our newest supplier, North South Wines. We love them all and we think you will too…
Passitivo Organico 2015 £12.50
I properly love this wine – a real “find”. Intense ruby-red colour, with a complex bouquet, reminiscent of cherries, raspberries and redcurrants. The oak aging adds a pleasant roasted and spicy aroma. On the palate, it is full-bodied, supple and well-balanced with a long finish.
In mid August, when the grapes have reached perfect maturity and are ready to be picked, a special technique called “il giro del picciolo”(the twisting of the stem), is applied. This consists in twisting the stem of the grape bunches so that no further nourishment reaches the grapes, thus inducing a natural drying of the grapes on the vine. The grapes are left on the plant for approximately 12 days, and lose around 25-30% of their weight in water, concentrating their flavors before harvest. The wine is aged for 5 months in American oak barriques and 6 months in stainless steel tanks.
Roast meats, BBQs or charcuterie.
Paxton Grenache 2016 2016 £22.00
McLaren Vale, Australia
Vibrant red in colour. Great nose with hints of plum fruit, mulberries, and rhubarb. Light to medium bodied wine with a soft, juicy palate, plum richness and elegant tannins.
2016 was a very strong year in McLaren Vale with the highest quality crops and highest yield crop this millennium. 20% of the carefully hand-picked harvest was used as whole bunches, with the remainder gently de-stemmed. Aged in French oak barriques for six months prior to blending and bottling. Ready to drink now but also would keep well for 5 – 10 years. Might be worth tucking a case away if you store it carefully!
Rabbit, game, good sausages, slow roasted pork – that sort of thing.
Il Grillo di Santa Tresa Vino Spumante Biologico £15.00
Pale straw coloured with hints of gold, Grillo Spumante has fine, gentle bubbles and a fresh fruity nose with hints of citrus and floral notes. On the palate the wine is very well balanced, gentle
and soft with a refreshing burst of acidity and spectacular fruity notes.
Following de-stemming, the grapes are gently pressed in a pneumatic press. Prior to fermentation, the juice is chilled, allowing the solid particles to settle naturally, giving a clear juice ready for fermentation. Selected yeasts are added to initiate fermentation. As soon as the fermentation is finished, the wine is racked to another stainless steel tank. Here it is stored at a controlled temperature while the secondary fermentation takes place. In order to maintain the optimum level of natural acidity, malolactic fermentation does not take place.
Just so drinkable on it’s own but would go down a treat with oysters!
Terra Sana Sauvignon Blanc 2016 £12
Côtes de Gascogne, France
Very fresh and complex nose with a combination of citrus fruits, lemongrass, green apple and lychee aromas.
Elegant and well balanced, with green apple and lemon flavours and great length of finish.
Wine maker François Lurton has a true passion for naturally produced wines. The brand Terra Sana was launched over a decade ago, offering both white, red and rosé wines produced from organically grown grapes of selected varieties and terroirs.
A very versatile and approachable wine. Good with pre-dinner nibbles but would also work nicely with prawns or oily fish.
Paxton “The Guesser” 2017 £13.50
McLaren Vale, Australia
A very moreish wine – buy one today and I reckon we’ll see you tomorrow for more! Bright tropical fruit, grapefruit, lemon and lime. This wine has got it all going on!
2017 was a fantastic year for winemaking in McLaren Vale with an extremely wet winter and a consistent Spring and Summer with mild days and cool nights. All this made for a slow ripening season resulting in fragrant whites with lower acidity. There’s a lush edge to The Guesser that we think you’ll love.
Enjoy with a Spring chicken dish or as a nicely chilled glass whilst cooking the dinner!
Terra Sana Rosé 2017 £12.00
IGP Pays D’oc, France
Pale-pink colour but with really intense aromas of white flowers, peach and a hint of lemon. On the palate this rosé is really well balanced being both fresh and light but with a bit more body to it than your typical Provence style rosé.
The vineyards selected for the Terra Sana Rosé are located in the Gard department (“Petite Camargue”), on hillsides where the vines are better drained, more ventilated and perfectly bathed in sunlight, thus allowing a regularly healthy vineyard. Happy vines equals happy wines!
Perfect for quaffing in the sun but with enough about it to carry off a food match too. Did someone say shellfish?
The word in the trade is that customer interest in organic and biodynamic wines continues to grow. That’s certainly been our experience at BinTwo and even more so over at our sister business, The ARC Speciality Food Store.
So what’s all the hype about? Can you actually taste the difference? What does organic and biodynamic even mean in the context of wine? Well, you could read our previous blog on the topic or, if you’re more of a practically minded student, you could come along to our free drop-in tasting on Saturday 26th May. From 12.30 until 5.00pm (ish) we’ll be opening up six fabulous examples of new organic and biodynamic wines courtesy of our newest supplier, North South Wines.
No need to book. Just pop in, have a free taster and see what you think. We’ll have the wines on sale by the glass if you find you’d like to settle in for a little longer and we’ll also be putting the wines together into this month’s Select 6 case which, as you know, means that you get six fabulous wines for the price of five! (In fact if you’d like a preview of what we’ll be tasting, check out this month’s Select 6 notes).
James Reina from North South Wines will be on hand to answer any questions you might have and to tell you as much (or as little) as you’d like to know about the wonderful world of organic and biodynamic wines. James is half Sicilian, half Spanish and has worked in the wine game for over ten years. His Grandpa used to make wine in Sicily so you might almost say that wine runs through his veins.
North South Wines caught my attention when I was scouting for new wines over the winter because they were willing to muck about with me on twitter (true story). But happily, once I caught a dose of maturity, I discovered that they’re a young, small firm, partly owned by wineries. Their vision of avoiding the stuffiness associated with some of the wine trade and becoming a specialist in sustainable, family owned and authentic wineries struck a resonance with me (authenticity is something I’ve been thinking about a lot lately – more about that in future blog). We’ve selected a range of interesting, great value wines which I think you’ll love – come along and see if you agree.