February 2022 | Orange Club
Welcome to the February Orange Club from MYSA Natural Wine!
A note from our founder:
Happy February Friends! We're really feeling the love this month with some skin contact! Then we have an obviously exciting one with another BRUTAL!!! for y'all! This time from Microbio and it's pretty rowdy so def check out the notes before opening. On the tamer, but still very fun side, we have Terra Roza that is 90% orange with a hint of red to give you something new! Finally we have some Mulatschak and or a surprise wine as we sadly had a case breakage at the warehouse so a few of you will be getting a cool surprise wine instead!
-Holly Berrigan - Founder, MYSA Natural Wine
P.S. Sorry about these going out later this month than usual. With difficult weather across the US the timing got tricky for getting them out. We'll make it up to you next month with additional discounts on your adds ons :)
- Airlie Bank Gris on Skins - Punt Road
- Terra Roza - Garalis
- Brutal!!! - Microbio
- Mulatschak White - Meinklang
- Wine Evaluation Sheet
Airlie Bank Gris on Skins - Punt Road
Yarra Valley - AustraliaDescription:
Pinot Gris with a good amount of skin contact; half of the grapes are whole bunch fermented over 12 days, while the other half is fermented whole berry. A little funk with a lot of peach, floral, and juiciness. Ready and waiting for you to glug! Juicy and vibrant with red currant and strawberry.
Pairings: Nachos, Roasted Chicken, Cheese Plate
Serving Instructions: 45°- 50°
About Punt Road
"Punt Road Wines is proudly owned and operated by the Napoleone family and they, along with winemaker Tim Shand, bring a wealth of experience and palpable passion for wine that is reflected in every product made. Brothers Joe and Michael Napoleone have been living and working in the Yarra Valley all their lives. They are passionate fruit growers and wine producers with a team of loyal and dedicated staff.
Tim joined Punt Road as winemaker in 2014, having formerly worked at neighboring Giant Steps in Yarra Valley; as well as vintages at Domaine Dujac in Burgundy and Château Margaux in Bordeaux, and stints in Chianti, Oregon and Chile. Already his deft hand is showing results, with the 2015 Napoleone Vineyard Shiraz winning the Trevor Mast Trophy for Best Shiraz (out of 780 tasted) at the Royal Melbourne Wine Awards in late 2016.
Punt Road’s Napoleone Vineyard was planted in 1987 in Coldstream, the heart of the Yarra Valley in Victoria. Covering around 50 acres, the vineyard is planted to Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz. Aspects vary across the site all the way from south facing to north facing with soils clay loam to sandy clay loam. The different aspects in turn provide varied microclimates, an important factor in growing a broad range of varieties.
Initially fruit was sold to various producers around the Valley but in 1999, a modern winery was built on the Napoleone Vineyard site. Today, the modern winemaking facility processes fruit sourced from over 75 hectares of privately-owned vineyards that have been planted with varieties best suited to each site. Varietals include Pinot Gris, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Gamay, Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz.
The Punt Road range was first released to the market in 2001 with great success. Only small parcels of the best estate-grown fruit (from the oldest vines) are used for this range. These wines show concentration and complexity but are balanced by regional elegance.
Additionally, the winery releases an Airlie Bank range of wines including Cabernet Franc and Pinot Gris rose. - Little Peacock"
Terra Roza - Garalis
Lemnos - GreeceDescription:
Rosé? Or perhaps orange wine? We'll leave it up to you! This skin-contact/rosé crossover is lively with tannins and vivid acidity! The Muscat of Alexandria spends 6 days on the skins in stainless steel before being wild fermented and blended with a splash of red wine from the Limnio grape. Kiwi-strawberry punch!
Pairings: Charcuterie, Soft Cheese, Pasta
Serving Temperature: 45°- 50°
"Manolis Garalis is a third generation wine grower. With an ambition to see his high quality organic grapes turned into first class wine, he launched his own winery in 2006 and released his first wines in 2007. He cultivates Lemnos island’s Limnio and Muscat of Alexandria, organically (certified), in 5 hectares of sulphuric volcanic soil.
Limnio is the oldest referenced grape in the world, as mentioned by Aristotle, Homer and other ancient Greek philosophers as “Limnia Ampelos”, and has been on the island for thousands of years. Muscat of Alexandria has become the main grape since the 1920’s, when brought by Lemnian immigrants from Egypt.
Lemnos is a volcanic island, and Garalis’ approach is “hands-off” without any addition of yeasts or other additives, to express this unique terroir in its pure form. - Eklektikon"
Brutal!!! - Microbio
Castilla y Leon - Spain
If you haven't tried Brutal!!! wine, this is your chance!! 100% Verdejo from Nieva-Castilla y León. Like all Brutal wines, this is unfined, unfiltered, no SO2 added, and extremely tasty. Spends 7-8 months on its skins in amphora. Salted almond, key lime pie, mango, and apricot.
Pairings: Fried Rice, Tapas, Picnic Food
Serving Instructions: 48°- 52°
Welcome to the República Independiente del Verdejo under President Ismael Gozalo. Many know him for his work at Ossian, one of the more respectable houses in Rueda, where he was the winegrower and maker since founding it in 2004. Ismael’s family owns some of the oldest (between 100-200 years old) ungrafted pre-phylloxera vines, most of which in the town of Nieva, province of Segovia between 800-900 meters of altitud. Characterized by it’s sandy soils, these head trained vines have never seen any chemicals over the different generations that have cared for them. Though outside of the D.O. for never budging to the region’s modern and manipulative techniques, to this day Ossian remains one of the few organic producers in Rueda. Today, under the Pago de Carraovejas umbrella, Ossian continues to make some of the more interesting wines of the region but Ismael took his talent elsewhere, bringing his family’s most prized vineyards with him.
Mulatschak White - Meinklang
Burgenland - AustriaDescription:
Orange wine with a distinct tannin and lovely dry quality. It has a lot going on with stone fruit, florals, and blood orange, but is also easy drinking and great by itself or with food!
Pairings: Summer Salads, Picnics, Shellfish
Serving Temperature: 45°- 50°
Meinklang is a lively farm compromising the three typical fields of a Pannonian farmstead in East Austria south of capital town Vienna: wine-growing, fruits and agriculture. Each family-member is specialized in an aspect of farming. Unique is the estate owns Angus & Aubrac cattle herd. It`s the farms source for our own nutritious, organic fertilizer for lively soils in the vineyards and creates the closed circle in the biodynamic Demeter farming. Outstanding issues are the totally unpruned vines, called Â«graupertÂ» and the extended maturation in concrete egg-shaped containers. As well as the family initiated the first holistic Demeter brewery where we refine the ancient grain beer out of the old varieties called Einkorn and Emmer wheat. - From Zev Rovine
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!