April 2021 | Orange Club
Welcome to the April Orange Club from MYSA Natural Wine!
A note from our founder:
Welcome to the April Orange Wine Club!
This month you have all Burgundy bottles which was a funny coincidence. In them we're traveling from the US to Italy, to South Africa with several different expressions of orange wine that I'm VERY excited about! In particular, comparing the SKINS to the aged Chenin from Silwervis is a very fun look at the ageability of orange wines and one of my favorite grapes to make with skin contact. Then you have some fabulous Italian picks with a mix of local and international grapes. All are wonderful and I can't wait for you to see that for yourself!
- Holly Berrigan, Founder, MYSA Natural Wine
- SKINS - Field Recordings
- Orange Chenin - Silwervis
- Stuvenagh Orangiosauro - Castello di Stefanago
- Bianco d'Allesano - Petracavallo
- Wine Evaluation Sheet
California - USA
A blend of Chenin Blanc, Riesling, Pinot Gris, Albariño, and Verdejo, all collected from different vineyards in California. A great and unique expression of a Cali blend. Quite deep in color. A ton of depth on the nose with aromas of stone fruit, cutie oranges, and Sicilian blood oranges. This orange has a round mouth feel, very fruit forward, crisp, textured, and medium-bodied. Similar flavors to what we got on the nose but with even more depth and a touch of vanilla. A great gateway orange wine for your red wine drinking pals or even your buttery-Chardonnay-loving-mom. Easy drinking with still tons going on! A cheese board with fruit, and close friends would be the perfect pairing.
Pairings: Blue Cheese, Duck, Dried Fruit
Serving Temperature: 48°- 52°
About Field Recordings
Winemaker Andrew Jones has a keen eye for diamonds in the rough: sites that are unknown or under-appreciated but hold enormous untapped potential. He strives for unique wines loaded with personality and a one-of-a-kind experience.
Field Recordings is winemaker Andrew Jones’ personal catalog of the people and places he values most. Our wines are all about the flavor — with none of the pretension.
Spending his days as a vine nursery fieldman planning and planting vineyards for farmers all over California, Andrew is sometimes offered small lots of their best fruit on the side. Having stood in just about every vineyard on the Central Coast, he’s all about finding those underdogs with untapped potential. As friendships are made and opportunities are embraced, Andrew produces small quantities of soulful wine from these unusual, quiet vineyards.
We offer single-vineyard wines with a sense of place and personality, as well as delightful blends under our Wonderwall and Fiction projects. These bottles are good enough to save for a special occasion … but we’re a laidback crew, so don’t feel bad about putting one back on a Tuesday night. - Field Recordings
Swartland - South Africa
A very cool, aged, 2015 Chenin! On the nose, lovely honey, nutty, peanut brittle, baked apple pie, and pineapple notes. Certainly on the funky scale, quite unusual style of wine. A long finish and a beautifully complex expression of a Chenin. Held up beautifully with acidity with notes of green pepper, and honey. Exactly what you want from a refined orange wine! Pair it with reading a book as this is a super nerdy wine. Try it chilled initially but then sit with it and as it warms up and you'll experience different notes. Super complex. For food, experiment with a cheese board with heavy cheese. Definitely a special occasion wine.
Pairings: Tapas, Charcuterie, Pasta
Serving Temperature: 48°- 52°
Born at the inaugural Swartland Revolution the Silwervis range of wines are made to honestly and simply reflect the nature of the soils on which they are grown. The wines are made from grapes that are traditional to the area and vinification and elevage are natural as possible with minimum intervention.
Lombardy - Italy
A mostly funky blend of Chardonnay and Cortese from 30- year-old vines in Italy. 4 weeks of skin contact and 6 months on the lees. Aromas of grilled oranges, and zippy lime, overall very astringent. On the palate, chalky and astringent again. A really nice and high minerality. Unfined and unfiltered. Go for roasted chicken, or a duck confit with french fries and a side salad when pairing. Eggplant with tahini and lentils are perfect as well! Enjoy!
Pairings: Pasta, Seafood, Appetizers
Serving Instructions: 45°- 50°
About Castello di Stefanago
Castello di Stefanago is the result of generations of grapes: The Baruffaldis have strived to maintain respect for the terroir as well as the earth in their winemaking. The winery is located in Lombardy in the Oltrepo Pavese hills at between 320 and 470 meters above sea level. The cellars are in the castle which still remains from the fourteenth century in the center of the property, around which there are about eighteen hectares of vines and 135 hectares of meadows, forests, orchards, and arable land.
Antonio and Giacomo Baruffaldi have long followed organic farming, striving to achieve healthy, natural grapes, which are harvested at the appropriate level of maturity and reflect the terroir on which they are grown. In the cellar, the Baruffaldis keep in mind the natural inclinations of each must, of the natural evolution of each cuvé, using barrels of various woods and sizes. The vineyard currently produces Riesling Renano, Pinot Grigio, Müller-Thurgau, Chardonnay, Croatina (Bonarda), Barbera, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlo, Uva Rara, and Pinot Nero. - Savio Soares
Puglia - Italy
A native grape to Puglia, Bianco d'Alessano. Deep amber gold and shiny in color, this wine boasts Mediterranean vibes. Spends 5 days on the skins. Gives off notes of bitter apple, citrus, and developing ripe stone fruit. Flavors of pear, orange peel, apricot, and hints of spice. Start sipping this at a cool temp and let it develop to really experience all the notes. Deep tannins yet holds a nice light touch. Complex and textured. Great with grilled pork chops, fatty fish, or squid.
Pairings: Risotto, Fish, Mature Cheese
Serving Instructions: 48°- 52°
Enthusiasm and experience. It all started as a joke, almost a bet between Vito and his father.
Vito is a young winemaker in love with the vineyard, the land and the desire to produce a wine as artisanal as possible, like the one his grandfather had him taste as a child. Then there’s his father, Peppino, a winemaker with years of experience behind him.
To them producing a natural and handcrafted wine means this: to produce a wine that is the expression of the terroir in which it develops, treating the earth and the vineyard with the utmost respect, following the grape in the various stages of its transformation from a raw material to a drink bottled and ready to be consumed, with its own story to savor and enjoy.
Petracavallo’s wines are made from grapes grown in vineyards with ancient methods, not treated with pesticides, hand harvested, using spontaneous fermentation, no filtering, no fining, and no enzymes with only a small amount of sulfur added at bottling. - Minum Selections
Wine Evaluation Sheet
Want to have some fun evaluating and taking note on your wine? Check out our natural wine tasting sheets we made special for the club!