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Wine Club Edition
— September 2022

LITTLEWINE Wine Club July 2022

Summer Meets Autumn

As we approach the last few weeks of summer, we’re embracing bright, textural wines that bridge the gap between refreshing summer bottles and wines to pair with autumnal fare. 
Wines 1-2 feature in the Roots subscription, 1-4 in the Grower subscription and 1-6 in the Cosmos subscription. 

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Wine #1:
Lust & Laune 2021

Zwikl

What's it Like?

A wine that is full of limey, juicy, zesty goodness. This really is a sliver of summer in a bottle… for those of us who aren’t yet ready to let go of the sunshine! Serve with a side of Funk on Spotify and get ready to let your hair down. 

Where's it From?

This comes from organically farmed Grüner Veltliner, Roter Veltliner and Chardonnay, in the Wagram region of Austria, planted on loam and loess soils. Lukas is working regeneratively in the vineyards, keeping the soil covered, and is also planting trees and digging ponds throughout their plots to ensure the local wildlife can thrive. 

How's it Made?

The grapes were pressed directly, after which the Chardonnay was aged in oak, the Grüner in concrete eggs, and the Roter in stainless steel. All wines fermented naturally, and the wine was bottled unfined and unfiltered, with the lees, to give a richer and creamier mouthfeel. In Lukas’ words, “My idea of easy-drinking Wagram natural wine!”
Just 2,500 bottles made.

The Winemaker:
Clemens & Lukas Strobl — Wagram, Austria

Clemens Strobl officially began his winemaking journey in 2007, having previously had a successful career in advertising. A great winelover, eventually the call to learn how to make wine himself drew him out of the office, and he made his first experiment with a winemaker friend in Slovenia. At first, he worked fairly technically and by the book, but after tasting and meeting with other winemaker colleagues he soon became convinced that organic viticulture and a more hands-off approach in the cellar was the way forward. He has never looked back. These days, he is joined by his son Lukas, who is steadily taking over the helm. The estate is going from strength to strength, as they employ regenerative techniques in the vineyard, and embrace open-minded trains of thought in the cellar.

"The soil is a very big topic for us. We aren’t big fans of ploughing, and work as gently as possible, leaving the soil covered most or all of the time. We have also been establishing ponds and planting fruit trees to give habitats back to the wildlife. Organic wine is an important movement not only for the wine itself, but also for nature, and for the climate."

Wine #2:
Weiss & Grau 2020

Lovamor Albillo

What's it Like?

A wine that is a staple at LITTLEWINE HQ. This is one of our favourite orange wines to guide every winelover one step further on their journey of orange wine exploration. With its tangerine-meets-peach juiciness, this is dangerously drinkable yet still serious. A joy for pairing with mushroom, pumpkin and autumnal flavours.

Where's it From?

This comes from biodynamically farmed Pinot Blanc (Weissburgunder) and Pinot Gris (Grauburgunder) - the white and grey/pink Pinot Noir mutations - in the Baden region of Germany. The vineyards are situated in and around the village of Munchweier, mainly characterized by limestone and sandstone terroir.

How's it Made?

The grapes are kept on the skins for a few days before pressing. The wine ferments naturally and ages for a further 12-18 months. Bottled unfined and unfiltered.

The Winemaker:
Enderle & Moll — Baden, Germany

In Baden, Germany, the winery of Enderle & Moll began in 2007 with old vines, a garage, three barrels, and a basket press. They have always been about simplicity; although at first, it was simplicity through necessity. They couldn’t afford a fancy crusher, but also — why buy a fancy crusher when you can stomp the grapes with your feet? Run by Florian Moll, his partner Géraldine, Manfred Enderle and Frenchman Maxence Lecat, this quartet is producing some of the most exciting Pinot Noirs to emerge in recent years. Additionally, they’re making spellbinding white and orange wines from Weissburgunder (Pinot Blanc), Grauburgunder (Pinot Gris) and Müller-Thurgau. Served at many of the world’s great natural wine bars, these are textural wines that captivate any winelover — the perfect thought-provoking gateway wines into this world.

"All we had were some old barrels and a basket press... It made us realise that you don’t need a lot of things to make good wine. We love the notion of slow winemaking, and the old natural way of making wine. Foot-treading the grapes, using your hands, it’s always been about not doing too much to the wines. We just let them be." 

Wine #3:
Folle Blanche 2021

Muscadet Granite

What's it Like?

A wine that is all about the salty, savoury side of white wine. If you’re looking for the perfect pairing for seafood, this is it — a heavenly pairing. Textural to the max, this is the sort of wine that will linger on your tongue for minutes after you’ve savoured the last sip, and that will keep you coming back for more.

Where's it From?

This is the lesser-known Folle Blanche grape variety, farmed on schist soils and lovingly made by one of the organic pioneers of the Muscadet region, Marc Pesnot. Many of the vines are over 60 years old, and some even up to 80 years old.

How's it Made?

This comes from several plots. The grapes were pressed on a long and gentle press cycle, after which the juice fermented naturally and spent six months minimum ageing on the lees.

The Winemaker:
Domaine de la Sénéchalière — Muscadet, Loire, France

Marc Pesnot of Domaine de la Sénéchalière farms old vine Melon de Bourgogne and Folle Blanche vines near the city of Nantes, in the western Loire. He has become known for his meticulous work in the vineyards to maintain healthy soils and lower yields, resulting in more concentrated and ageworthy expressions of the Muscadet varieties. His vineyards are particularly characterised by schist soils, which are somewhat of a rarity in the region, and his wines have become celebrated on top wine lists around the world. 

Please bear with us as we await our interview with Marc once his harvest has finished. We will keep you posted!

Wine #4: La Bruja de Rozas 2020

7 Fuentes

What's it Like?

A wine that is best described as a silky hug. Light as a feather, the Comando G duo often refer to Grenache as being a red wine but with the structure of a white, and this wine reflects that notion. This is full of red berry flavours and that crunchy, moreish minerality we hope to find in great terroir wines, together with a little extra ‘oomph’ on the finish. Elegance meets strength. 

Where's it From?

This comes from 60-year-old organically farmed bush vine Garnacha vineyards in the Sierra de Gredos mountain range, just outside of Madrid. The soil is composed of granite and sand, and the vines are located at 850-900m above sea level. 

How's it Made?

The whole bunches of grapes macerate in large open old oak vats for 45 days. This is done very gently, infusion-style, to ensure delicate tannins and body, and the wine ferments naturally. After being pressed, it ages in old French 500L oak barrels for eight months. Bottled unfined and unfiltered. 

The Winemaker:
Comando G — Sierra de Gredos

Comando G is the inspiring tale of two close friends united in a mission: to rediscover the terroirs of the Sierra de Gredos mountain range, and to nourish and protect the old vines rooted there. It may sound idyllic — and indeed the views are — yet this is also difficult and at times back-breaking work. With most slopes being so steep that mechanisation is simply impossible, this is a true labour of love.Not only is this about the conservation of old vines and the landscape, but this duo has also been creating wines that entirely reimagine what the region is capable of. For almost two decades, they have been travelling together across Europe, taking inspiration from what they learn, and applying their newfound knowledge to their own fruit, soils and climate.The results are nothing short of spectacular. These are some of the most soulful and simultaneously elegant examples of Grenache found anywhere in the world. Comando G has mastered finding power in lightness.

"We don’t know if it’s the ‘good way,’ but it’s our life. It’s the connection between the land and yourself, your intuition, and how you can express this."

Wine #5: Blanc du Casot 2021

Sta Rita Ranch

What's it Like?

A wine that makes you wonder if this is what angels drink. With such a captivating honeyed nutmeg character, this tastes like dessert without the sugar. With a saline twist at the end, this is like the wine version of parmesan gougères: dangerously addictive. Slightly oxidative in style, this is for lovers of nutty wines.

Where's it From?

Le Blanc du Casot is the treasure of this iconic domaine of the Roussillon. Based in Collioure overlooking the  Mediterranean Sea, this comes from organically farmed old vines.

How's it Made?

The Grenache Blanc, Vermentino and Roussanne grapes macerate together with some Grenache Gris free-run juice for five days. It then continues its fermentation in old 500L barrels, where it is aged on the lees for six months.

The Winemaker:
Le Casot des Mailloles — Roussillon, France

It takes something special for a legendary winemaker to decide you’re 'The One' to take on their vineyards when they retire. Alain Castez & Ghislaine Magnier could sense that young Jordi Perez had that something special, and entrusted their beloved Le Casot des Mailloles to him.Legends don't continue without those who perpetuate the legacy. Under his watch and hard graft, the domaine has gone from strength to strength, and he has introduced a new vineyard to the stable in (almost) unchartered territories. 

"All of the parcels are isolated; there’s no direct neighbour, which means it’s possible to work truly organically."

Wine #6:
Bourgogne Rouge 2020

Mephisto 2018

What's it Like?

A wine that is as juicy as juicy gets—but that doesn't mean it's not serious, too. It's like an electric violin at a classical music concert; upbeat and energetic, but it's still Mozart that's being played. Think fresh cherries, raspberry sorbet and a sprinkling of white pepper. Serve at a dinner with your nearest and dearest and marvel at its flavours unfold. 

Where's it From?

This is organically farmed Pinot Noir planted on the famed limestone soils at the foot of the slopes of Puligny-Montrachet. So, although it bears the simple designate of bourgogne, this isn’t your average entry-level wine; it sits shoulder-to-shoulder with the finest terroirs of the region.

How's it Made?

Fermentations for the red wines are always carried out with whole bunches, naturally, and are done infusion-style, meaning that he avoids pumpovers and punchdowns to extract the wine as little as possible. The maceration time usually lasts around three weeks. Bottled unfined, unfiltered and without sulfites.

The Winemaker:
Renaud Boyer — Burgundy, France

Tucked away in Meursault lies a humble cellar of a quiet, thoughtful man named Renaud. Renaud does things a little differently. This is one of the most prestigious Burgundian villages; the wines of which reach some of the highest prices in the world. The norm here is to create wines of a certain style; a style which often utilises significant additions of sulphur to give them a straightjacket, precise feel.Renaud, however, didn’t want to follow this recipe. His first vintage was in 2005, but after meeting Alsatian natural wine guru Patrick Meyer, he decided to start making wines without sulphur. He has never looked back.

"Wine professionals say that you have to add stuff to wine. But the moral of the story is that if you work well in the vineyard, you don’t have to."

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