A rich orange wine from native Spanish grape Albillo Real. Skin maceration in amphorae for 8 months, half of that time biologically aged under flor which gives it a complex mouthfeel. Silky from the first sip with a salty minerally finish.
Tasting Notes: Honey, tone fruits, jasmine, and citrus
Pairing Suggestions: Chicken Paella, Scallops, Feta & Pepper Tortilla
Castilla y Leon, Spain
All of their vineyards are old (50 to 100 years old) gobelet trained vines. The steep slopes make them impossible to work mechanically so everything is done by hand and plowed by horse. In 2010, they moved to an old co-op in the town of El Tiemblo and have been making wine there since, inheriting all of the concrete tanks and clay amphoras that came with it. All of his wines are fermented with native yeasts and macerated for long periods of time, including some of their whites, but by no means over extracted. All of the barrels they use are old and therefore neutral regardless of long elevage. As for filtering and fining, none of that happening, only a small dose of sulfur at bottling. They’ve grown considerably since the beginning, currently owning more than 15 hectares. - Selections de la Viña
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About Natural Wine
Great question! There are a lot of definitions for natural wine with the main term you'll hear being that it has had minimal intervention. To be more specific, our definition is that the wine must first be sustainably farmed, which typically means it was organically or biodynamically farmed.
Then, in the cellar the natural winemaking process has some differences as well! The wine is typically unfined, unfiltered, and goes through spontaneous fermentation with native yeasts. If you want to know more about what natural wine is, we have an entire guide under our reference section!
The short answer is that natural wine can taste like any other kind of conventional wine (we like to call these stealth natural wines) or it can taste quite a bit different, as production methods can vary and potentially be lighter, or in a style you've never had before (like orange, pet-nat or amphora).
The natural wine community is also more accepting of some qualities in wines that conventional would consider a flaw, like Brett, some oxidation, or volatile acidity. We would consider these in high amounts to also be a flaw, but in many cases a touch of these qualities can ultimately improve their flavor and texture and be happily accepted in a natural wine.
To find out more about what natural wine tastes like, check out our full blog and podcast on the topic here.
The short answer is, no! But many are. Glou-glou describes winesthat are easily chuggable, impossible to put the glass down, and seductively delicious! They tend to be young and fresh, designed to be drunk early with an average ABV of around 10%. Check out different styles or glou glou natural wine here on our site.