Delinquente Screaming Betty Vermentino 2019
Pure feeling thing, this. Crunchy textured, lighter than expected but still packs in plenty of lively white flesh-brown skin pear and saline notes and also maybe just a touch of cucumbery thing going on. Nice. All up, a summery style but with some interest and personality alongside. Very good from a good place.
Konpira Maru Admiral Akbar 2019
The idea is to make a textural but smashable white that is great with sardines. In contrast to the Adama, it is fermented on skins, but pressed at the end of ferment to protect the juicy character of these grapes. We love semillon for its malleability certainly show this range.
Light straw with a bronze tinge. A nose of musk stick, lemongrass and pawpaw. An oily but textural front palate finishes with coriander seed and fennel. Firm but integrated tannins and crunchy acid make it a great drop with food. - Konpira Maru
Brave New Wine Riot Girl! White 2019
A blend of sauvignon blanc, vermentino and viognier that sees a bit of skin contact then maturation in old barrels. Despite BNW claims this is entry level, fun times wine, it delivers way more than that, even by virtue of the blend of grapes making for a curious jazz trio, not to mention the lees and skinsy stuff working magic on texture. It is fun to drink, no doubt, of course.
Chewy, chalky, bright young wine of layers of flavour and scent. Brown pear skin and flesh, a touch of dried apricot, some white balsamic tang in palate, a similar array of things going on bouquet. Juicy sort of feel but that pucker and zest work magic on containing the wine shape. This has plenty to keep you interested and plenty to make you forget you are drinking something and plenty to say about originality. Tickin’ boxes. - The Wine Front
Ada Wine Co. Mad Hattie Rose 2019
What do you get if you take a hard-working, switched-on young fella and put him to work at one of South Australia's gleaming bright lights of the Natural Wine World, Gentle Folk? Well eventually he would make his own wine, and he has done a few now.
This is his Rosé, a blend of all kinds of fun things, co-fermented for your pleasure, and whacked into bottle (some glass is green, some is clear, wowzers!). There are little whizzes of strawberry freshness, zips of green acid that keep you comin' back for more, and enough texture and mouthfeel to keep it all together. This is natural wine done cleanly, yet still with enough spunk to keep you excited. Keep an eye on this chap.
Les Fruits Occitan Red 2017
Biodynamically farmed Languedoc-style blend of grenache, syrah, mourvedre and carignan. Definitely has that whole-bunchy, fleshy persona with dusty dried red fruits and berries. There are shades of anise, white pepper and garrigue, as well as cupboard spices, too. It’s textural and rustic, perfect with charcuterie or with a nice little chill all on its own.