June 2022 | 12 Bottle Club
Welcome to the June 12 Bottle Club from MYSA Natural Wine!
A note from our founder:
Summer has officially arrived and we have some great picks for these months! With 3 homegrown stunners from Divergent, Two Shepherds, and Margins. Oz is on display this month as well with some crushable reds, whites, and rose. Speaking of crushable reds, we have a light red from PERU that we're stoked about! On the low ABV side we have 2 ciders that you'd likely never know were blind and the most popular orange wine we've ever carried!
-Holly Berrigan - Founder, MYSA Natural Wine
- Zinfandel - Divergent Vines
- Pinot Noir - Hare & Tortoise
- Quebrada de Ihuanco Canete Lunahuana Red - Fundo El Quintanar
- Syrah - Two Shephards
- Mataroa Rose - Oenogenesis
- Transparente - Cidrerie du Vulcain
- Vino Naranja - Cacique Maravilla
- Hybrid Rose - Nua Roots
- Skin Contact Chenin - Margins
- Riesling - VineMind
- Isolated Rosé - Charlotte Dalton
- Pinot Gris - Mt Yengo
- Wine Evaluation Sheet
Zinfandel - Divergent Vines
California - USA
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Floral aromatics, smooth mouthfeel and fresh picked wild berries on the palette. Tasting notes of cherry, blackberry and cranberry.
Pairings: Turkey, Pork, BBQ Chicken Bourguignon
Serving Temperature: 55°- 58°
About Divergent Vines
"The story of divergent vine is about an underdog, an outsider, an unknown-non-traditionally trained winemaker trying to make it in the crazy wine industry.
My road less traveled inspires me to create natural wines from lesser known grape varietals, tell the stories of vineyards they come from, and provide a unique interpretation of varietals you might be more familiar with...all done with non-intervention winemaking techniques.
So pull up a chair, pour yourself a glass, and come along for the ride. It's bound to be a journey of epic proportions.
- Divergent Vines
Pinot Noir - Hare & Tortoise
Yarra Valley - Australia
Highly drinkable yet medium bodied. The perfect Pinot Noir to bring to dinner parties as it'll please the whole table! Silky notes of red cherry and juicy plum.
Pairings: Roasted chicken, Pork, Pasta
Serving Temperature: 50°- 55°
About Hare & Tortoise
"The wine regions of the great state of Victoria are some of Australia’s most picturesque and historical. Today we can expect to see exciting wines and evocative wine styles as common fare. Hare & Tortoise represents the steady pursuit of fine, individual, regional wines of great drinkability & interest through patience, knowledge and a hands-off approach to winemaking. - Little Peacock"
Quebrada de Ihuanco Canete Lunahuana Red - Fundo El Quintanar
Ihuanco - Peru
Bold and structured. Ripe fruits and firm tannins. Earthy with notes of red fruits and citrus.
Pairings: Beef, Venison, Grilled Vegetables
Serving Instructions: 55°- 58°
About Fundo El Quintanar
An exciting winery producing amazing wines in Peru that we're excited to showcase to you all!
Syrah - Two Shepherds
California - USADescription:
Middle of the road on boldness and tannins, medium acidity. Made from dark-skinned red grapes, this rich red wine is exploding with fruit and spices. Notes of red fruits and spices.
Pairings: Beef, Lamb, Game Meats
Serving Instructions: 55°- 58°
About Two Shephards
"Our philosophy is to embrace how wines were made for hundreds of years, before the introduction of chemicals and flavor manipulation. We guide our wines along, protect them from harm, and otherwise do not intervene. This old world style allows for the true expression of the variety, vintage and vineyard.
All of our wines are aged in neutral barrels that subtly enhance the wines' texture, but impart no oak flavors. Our wines are fermented naturally with native yeast, are aged on the lees, with minimal sulfur and are minimally racked.
We focus on Rhône and uncommon varieties, often from the only few acres available in California. While our total production is small, our offerings are vast. Nicknamed ‘insane master of small lots’, William crafts about 15 different wines each vintage, including some that are only 1 – 2 barrels.
These are old world, elegant wines focused on brightness, subtlety and texture. We hope you enjoy them. Cheers! - William & Karen"
Mataroa Rose - Oenogenesis
Drama - Greece
A Greek version of the Merlot wine, this red wine is floral and oxidative with additional notes of dark fruits. Tons of black fruits and florals.
Pairings: Roasted Vegetables, Turkey, Cheese Plate
Serving Instructions: 55°- 58°
"Oenogenesis is owned and operated by one of the greatest oenologists of Greece, Bakis Tsalkos (trained and experienced in Montpellier and Bordeaux for most of his life). He belongs to the generation of oenologists who revived the Greek wine industry, and he single-handedly created the winemaking industry of Drama in the 80’s, the youngest one of Greece. His principle is the absence of anything chemical, with as little intervention or spraying in the vineyard as possible. At least 85% of grapes used, grow in the 30 ha of estate owned vineyards. - Eklektikon"
Transparente - Cidrerie du Vulcain
Fribourg - Switzerland
Dry cider made from heriloom apples and wild yeast. Reminds one of a cinnimon apple pie, yet light and refreshing. Tart apple pie with cinnamon.
Pairings: Pork, Puff Pastry, Appetizers
Serving Temperature: 42°- 48°
About Cidrerie du Vulcain
"The Vulcain is the favorite butterfly of the Cidrerie du Vulcain. The insect represented on the label opposite (artwork by Gisèle Rime ) is a faithful friend during harvesting in the fall, tending to the fruits bursting on the ground. Its populations are here and at this time of the year increased by migrants from northern Europe
The Cidrerie du Vulcain processes fruit from the local Friborg orchard, namely apples, pears and quinces of old varieties grown on high stems and untreated. The Friborg terroir with its cool climate and the diversity of its soils allows an expression of very beautiful nuances in the aromas, this all the more on the old high-stem trees.
The fruits are purchased directly from the producers and sometimes I also take care of the harvest. This approach contributes to enhancing the value of old high-stem orchards currently abandoned for lack of outlets on the cider and table fruit market. This allows the preservation of a diverse and rich traditional landscape, essential to biodiversity. The approach was also supported by the FSP (Swiss Landscape Fund).
The company's flagship products are sparkling cider partially fermented using the ""guillage"" technique of Clairette de Die or corked cider from Normandy and Brittany. The ciders are available in different cuvées from one year to the next, depending on the varieties available. These ciders are always ""pure juice"", fermented on their wild yeasts and coarsely filtered.
Pasteurized apple juice and pear juice are also produced, in 5 or 10 liter cartons. The cider vinegar and fine apple aged in barrels are still confidential, but their production will be expanded little by little.
The cider house also offers custom pressing and pasteurization services for owners wishing to obtain juice from their own fruit. - Jacques Perritaz"
Vino Naranja - Cacique Maravilla
Bio Bio - Chile
Spending 2 months on skins, it is slightly bitter yet floral and smokey and usually a little juicy as well. It's also old vines in volcanic soil which add lovely complexity. For being a deeper orange, it's surprisingly light on the palate!
Pairings: Asian Food, Picnic Food, Spicy Food
Serving Instructions: 45°- 50°
About Cacique Maravilla
Manuel Moraga Gutierrez is the owner and winemaker of Cacique Maravilla, a winery focused on traditional and non-interventionist Chilean wines in Yumbel in the Bio-Bio Valley of Chile’s Southern Regions. Manuel is the seventh generation of the Gutierrez family to call Yumbel home, and at least the fourth generation to tend vines. His great, great, great, great, great grandfather, Francisco Gutierrez Gutierrez, arrived in Chile in 1750 from the Canary Islands in search of gold and eventually amassed enough treasure to acquire land in Yumbel, some of which has remained in the family and is still owned by Manuel Moraga today. Francisco Gutierrez earned the respect of the local indigenous Mapuche people and was given the nickname ‘Cacique Maravilla’ (roughly translating to ‘Magnificent Chief’).
Hybrid Rose - Nua Roots
Minho - Portugal
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A unique cider made from multiple apple varieties in Portugal! Fermentation occured naturally, without the use of additives and without the use of filters. Basically, a party in a bottle! Fizzy, fresh, and fantastic!
Pairings: Brunch, Seafood, Picnic Food
Serving Temperature: 45°- 50°
About Nua Roots
"We’ve met in Mozambique in 2014 while developing our professional lives, became partners in friendship and now partners in business its produced by
NUA ROOTS its our new born baby! It will develop this natural CIDER project and others concerning sustainable practices of production and tourism!"
Skin Contact Chenin - Margins
Oregon - USA
Lighter, dry and acidic wine with a good dose of tannins. Punchy and fruit forward, but not sweet. Earthy minerals and honey combine with fruity profiles of pineapple, melons and citrus.
Pairings: Shellfish, Spicy Foods, Lean Fish
Serving Instructions: 45°- 50°
"Margins produces low-intervention wines using grapes from underrepresented regions, vineyards, and varietals. We are part of the growing movement in California to make wines from vineyards farmed organically or in organic conversion using minimal additives during the winemaking process, thereby showcasing the vineyards the grapes came from.
Much like people living on the 'margins of society,' vineyards can be outcasts too. Most consumers of wine are only familiar with a handful of grape growing regions and types of wine. Margins draws attention to vineyards and varietals throughout northern and central California that find themselves on the margins without the recognition they deserve.
Part of the Margins mission over the last five years has been to work with small growers to transition their vineyards from conventional to organic farming by providing guidance as well as assurance that the grapes will have a home. We believe that if we worked solely with organic vineyards, we would not be using our role in the industry to its full potential to enact agricultural change. As of vintage 2021, all the vineyards Margins works with are farmed organically.
Margins is a winemaking endeavor of Megan Bell, a winemaker living and working in the Santa Cruz Mountains. Prior to settling on the central coast of California, Megan received her BS in Viticulture and Enology from UC Davis in 2012 and apprenticed in wineries and vineyards in Napa, the Livermore Valley, the Willamette Valley, Central Otago (NZ), and the Loire Valley (France). - Margins"
Riesling - VineMind
Clare Valley - Australia
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Medium, dry and acidic this wine is a great dinner companion. The acidity and neutrality of flavor almost serves as a palette cleanse between bites. Lemon, lime, green apples and minerals.
Pairings: White Fish, Shellfish and Pork
Serving Temperature: 48°- 52°
A newer winemaker from Clare Valley Australia that we can't wait to share with you! Their website is in the works and we hope to give you their personal story soon!
Isolated Rosé - Charlotte Dalton
Langhorne Creek - Australia
Organic, rosy-hued, summer garden in a bottle. Fresh fruit and herbaceous aromas round out this medium-bodied Rose'. Strawberries, bing cherries and cheesy notes.
Pairings: Asian Foods, Grilled Meats, FishServing Instructions: 45°- 50°
About Charlotte Dalton
"I love wine. I have been making wine all over the world for close to two decades. I have been drinking wine all over the world for longer. I love how I feel when I walk through vineyards. I love the journey of turning grapes into wine. I love to watch the personalities develop in every single barrel and I love to observe the effect of the years passing on bottles of wine. To drink my friend's wines brings me so much pleasure as does discovering wines from artists and places that I don't know.
I think wine can be felt. I get so much joy making the Charlotte Dalton wines that surely, you will feel joy when you drink them. I firmly believe that a wine must be made with a happy heart and a content soul. And that is, simply, why I make the Charlotte Dalton Wines; to bring me joy, happiness and contentedness and to share and hopefully pass those feelings on to you through the wines.
In case you were wondering; Dalton is my middle name and was my Grandfather Hardy's christian name. When my 3 brothers and I were little children, my amazing and dearly missed mother, used to tuck us into bed at night and say ""love you, love me - love me, love you"" - Charlotte Hardy x"
Pinot Gris - Mt Yengo
Adelaide Hills - AustraliaDescription:
White wine with a green hue, but peachy aromatics. Balanced flavor with a clean, crisp finish. Crispy pear with white peach!
Pairings: Summer Salads, Pizza, Seafood
Serving Temperature: 48°- 52°
About Mt Yengo
"Mt Yengo was created to bring the values of the First Nations People of Australia and fuse them with the technology and quality from our newest inhabitants to create not only a company or a brand but a community. A community that values bridging the cultural divide, instilling cultural understanding, embracing reconciliation and diversity. Providing a unique social outcome by giving back to assist in ""Closing the Gap"" Between Indigenous and Non-Indigenous Australians. - Mt Yengo"
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!