July2021 Starter Wine Bag
Spice up your month of July with this selection of always-minimal intervention wines. Four bottles of two whites and two reds from Australia, Italy and France.
Organic Sauvignon Blanc by Nature's Step (Australia) (Level of overall body, acidity, profile and strength - 3/5)
This organic Sauvignon Blanc displays lovely aromas of fresh lemons and limes followed by subtle flavours of grapefruit on the palate. Pale yellow with green hues, this is a light, rounded, refreshing white wine with zesty acidity and a crisp, dry finish. Best served chilled with fish dishes.
Terry and Kiriaki Carypidis migrated to Australia in 1953, eventually settling in Virginia, South Australia. After working in any job they could to make ends meet, they managed to buy some fertile, promising land where they could raise their family. Taking with them their young daughter Voula and two sons, Ken and Chris, it took just five years before Terry planted the very first grapes on what is today affectionately called the “Home Block”; twenty acres of shiraz and cabernet sauvignon, using the methods that Terry had seen and tended to at home in Greece.
In 2005, Ken founded Pure Vision, an organic and sustainable arm to the family business, and was joined by Chris. The brothers have over 40 years of experience in the vineyard now, and they are passionate about sustainable farming and organic farming practices. Visionaries in sustainable winemaking in Australia, Nature’s Step and Pure Vision create some of the most delicious, easy-drinking organic wines on the market.
Ballarino by Valdonica (Italy) (Level of overall body, acidity, profile and strength - 5/5)
Chianti by Fattoria di Gratena (Italy) (Level of overall body, acidity, profile and strength - 3/5)
Featuring perfectly blended Sangiovese grapes, this organic Chianti is laced with red fruits and underlying sweet spice aromas. It is toasty, medium bodied with a lingering finish. The rippling acidity makes this a fantastic partner to tomato-based pasta dishes or grilled meats.
Fabio di Ambrogi, the fantastic winemaker from Fattoria di Gratena, in Tuscany, has been farming his vines organically since 1994. His team fertilize with manure only, harvest by hand and respect the natural cycles of the vineyard.
Dame de L'Hospital 2018 by Château de l'Hospital (France) (Level of overall body, acidity, profile and strength - 4/5)
A blend of 90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon, this red is rich with fine aromas of red fruit and toasted notes. Smooth and round on the palate with a strong finish. Pair with grilled meat, poultry or medium cheeses.
Located in the Grave region of Bordeaux, on the left bank of the Garonne, Château de l'Hospital is an artisanal organic producer in one of the most historic winemaking areas of France. They have been committed to producing organic wines since 2013, and all of their 40 ha are dedicated to producing outstanding examples of organic winemaking.