March 2022 | Orange Club
Welcome to the March Orange Club from MYSA Natural Wine!
A note from our founder:
This month you are getting a serious range and SERIOUS value from the orange club! We got a special allocation for the Argile that is out of this world so plan a special occasion for that one! We also have 2 wines that are brand new to the US in the last 3 months (Gimme and Veltlina) both as super fresh and perfect for making our way into Spring. Because those two are a lighter take on orange I went a bit hard on the last one with Pampaneo, which is arguably the most funky orange we've had on the site ever, so proceed with caution ;)
-Holly Berrigan - Founder, MYSA Natural Wine
- Gimme Some Skin Viognier - Greenstone Vineyards
- Argile - Chateau Lafitte
- Veltlina - Slobodné Vinártsvo
- 'Pampaneo' Blanco - Esencia Rural
- Wine Evaluation Sheet
Gimme Some Skin Viognier - Greenstone Vineyards
Yarra Valley - Australia
A fun wine made with Viognier grapes picked at different stages. One batch was picked early when the sugar levels were low but natural acidity was high. The other portion was picked later and was left on the skins for 48 hours. Maturation was done in old oak barrels for six months which gives the wine a great medium tannic structure! Tasting Notes: A textured palate with apricot, fig, and floral.
Pairings: Sushi, Picnic Food, Cheese Plate
Serving Temperature: 45°- 50°
About Greenstone Vineyards
"Greenstone Vineyards was established in 2003 as a 40 ha property near the town of Colbinabbin in the renowned Heathcote region of Victoria by global industry leaders David Gleave MW (Liberty Wines UK), Alberto Antonini (Poggiotondo) & renowned Australian viticulturist Mark Walpole. Collectively, they recognised the site being ideal for Shiraz and Sangiovese. Lying just north of the Great Dividing Range, at an altitude of around 200 metres, the vineyard was planted on a ridge of old Cambrian soil that runs through the eastern side of the range. This narrow strip is unique, not only to vine growing in Victoria, but in Australia. The soils are the oldest known in the country, originating over 550 million years ago.
Most soils of volcanic origin in Australia are young and highly acidic whereas these ancient Cambrian soils are near neutral in pH. The range itself is a result of a rift in the sea floor, from which molten rock arose, encapsulating limestone into the lava. The resulting soil is deep, red-coloured, mottled with lime. It is from these soils that we derived our name - Heathcote ‘Greenstone’ is a form of copper-infused basalt and is an integral part of the soil. With a change of ownership in early 2015 to the Melbourne Jiang family, the success of Greenstone’s Heathcote wines led the team to explore opportunities and expand their repertoire.
Upholding the requirement to find the best locations for each varietal the search led to the Yarra Valley and acquisition of the Sticks Winery & vineyards in Yarra Glen later in 2015. Originally established as Yarra Ridge in 1983 by Melbourne Lawyer Louis Bialkower (a close friend and colleague of Australian wine legend James Halliday who assisted in the planting of the vineyard) on 33 hectares at the base of the Christmas Hills, the vineyard quickly gained recognition as a prime site for Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Cabernet Sauvignon. Today this is the home, Cellar Door & Winery of Greenstone Vineyards. - Whanau Imports"
Argile - Chateau Lafitte
Jurançon - FranceDescription:
100% French Petit Manseng grapes undergo both spontaneous fermentation and aging in amphora. Zesty passion fruit and pear with nutty undertones on the palate. A long finish with an intense minerality! Tasting Notes: Medium-bodied on the palate with high acidity!
Pairings: Carpaccio, Halibut, Buttery Sauces
Serving Temperature: 45°- 50°
About Chateau Lafitte
"Château Lafitte is located in Monein between Pau and Oloron Sainte-Marie within the Jurançon appellation. The castle can trace its origin back to the 14th century, but it wasn’t until the current owners, Philippe and Brigitte Arraou, began making wine here that the viticultural history was recaptured.
Today, their son Antoine is in charge and has taken the estate in a decidedly natural direction, including Demeter certification for all 5 hectares. Here the holdings are all Petit Manseng and Gros Manseng on clay and limestone. A new winery was built in 2018 with an emphasis on self sufficiency (solar, gravity, rainwater) along with some new tools, like amphoras, and experimental approaches such as macerated whites, pet-nats, and zero-zero cuvées. These are very classy natural wines that are both transparent and vibrant and stand out in sea of pretty uninteresting wines that surround them. - Zev Rovine Selections"
Veltlina - Slobodné Vinártsvo
Trnava - Slovenia
This Slovenian orange is minerally and one-of-a-kind. After 7 days on the skins, it undergoes spontaneous fermentation and aging in cement tanks. On the nose, there's yellow peach, nuts, and herbs. There will be a crisp tannic bitterness on the palate, with lychee and orange notes. Citrus, nuts, white pepper, and stone fruit all make an appearance.
Pairings: Tapas, Grilled Chicken, Seafood
Serving Instructions: 48°- 52°
About Slobodné Vinártsvo
"Zemianske Sady is a family run estate that has been making wine in Hlohovec since 1912. At its inception, the estate was primarily a tobacco farm that also produced wines which sold locally and were beloved by the art scene in Prague. Due to the war and political strife, the estate stopped production until 1997, where now, the fourth and fifth generations have taken over.
The vineyards were replanted and the cellar reconstructed, and in 2010, the first vintage under the name Slobodné Vinárstvo was born. In 2016, they began farming their 17 hectares in an environmentally conscious way, and became members of the oldest biodynamic farmers association in Austria.
Bees are kept and herbs are grown to promote a healthy soil climate, which they consider paramount to making great wine. They are dedicated to minimal intervention winemaking and only grow varietals that are historically from the area and suited to the climate: Lemberger Blue, Grüner Veltliner, Rhine Riesling, Red Traminer, Devin, Pinot Gris, Sauvignon Blanc, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Alibernet. - Zev Rovine"
'Pampaneo' Blanco - Esencia Rural
Castilla La Mancha - Spain
When we say this wine is funky, we mean it! So listen up! This is a solid tannic, FUNKY and fun orange wine of the Airen grape. Be sure to enjoy slowly to appreciate its seasoned notes of lemon, vanilla and tangerine. Give it a shake and serve with a slight chill!
Pairings: White Fish, Shellfish, Grilled Chicken
Serving Temperature: 45°- 50°
About Esencia Rural
Winemaker Julian Ruiz farms 50 hectares of Airen, Tinto Velasco, and Tempranillo varieties organically and with some biodynamic principles. The vineyard in Castilla La Mancha is a tribute to all the farmers who have made an effort from sunrise to sunset that work the land with simplicity and dignity.
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!