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#1 Flora 2019

By Michael Gindl | Weinviertel (Austria) £24

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What's it Like?

This is a wine that embodies spring. It tastes like walking through Michael's lush and green vineyards when all the wildflowers have begun to bloom. Floral and delicate, this is light as a feather and can't help but put you in a good mood. It has a bright, mouthwatering acidity that means it's a brilliant partner for a variety of dishes—our top pick would be ramen or spring green soup.

Where's it From?

This comes from the Weinviertel region of Austria, and is a blend of the aromatic varieties Riesling, Muskateller and Scheurebe, planted on loess and sandstone soils, and farmed biodynamically by Michael and his horses. The region has traditionally made very old-school, repeatable wines, and Michael is one of the first generation to go against the grain;—making wine through instinct, not convention.

How's it Made?

The goal of this wine is ultimate drinkability. Michael picks the grapes quite early, to preserve acidity and create something mouthwateringly moreish. Half of the wine is pressed directly and the other half has four hours of skin contact, just to add a little texture. Aged in stainless steel to further promote the freshness of the wine, and bottled unfined and unfiltered.

MICHAEL GINDL
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#2 Negoska Carbonic 2019

By Chloi Chatzivaryti | Goumenissa (Greece) £26

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What's it Like?

A wine that is pure deliciousness, full stop. Are you a fan of juicy red wines with bags full of fruit, that smell like sunshine? Then this is for you. Made in a similar way to many of the great wines of Beaujolais, this has gentle tannins and a silky texture. It tastes how we'd imagine it would feel to go clubbing in silk pyjamas!

NB: We recommend serving this slightly chilled to heighten the fruit aromas

Where's it From?

This comes from the region of Goumenissa, on mainland Greece, famous for its broad range of ancient grape varieties. The region is particularly renowned for Xinomavro—the celebrity of Greek varieties—but also for its indigenous, lesser-known but equally charming black variety, Negoska, which this wine is made from. A celebration of Greek heritage.

How's it Made?

This undergoes a “totally DIY” carbonic fermentation—she adds a touch of juice at the bottom of the tank to encourage CO2 production as quickly as possible, after which she seals the tank with nylon and has a heater by the side to get the temperature up. Rudimentary, perhaps, but the resulting wine is so astonishingly good that it’s evident this method was born from much thinking. 

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