Salty White 2020
A Wine That
does what it says on the tin. Salty white? Well... that's exactly what it is. We're obsessed with white wines that are all about more savoury, saline qualities, and this ticks all of our boxes. Theo, its maker, says it reminds him of sea air, kelp and rock pools, and we couldn't agree more. Isn't it magical that we can be transported to the New Zealand coastline via a bottle of wine?
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- Winemaker: The Hermit Ram
Where and How?
The Sauvignon Blanc grapes for this wine come from a small organically farmed vineyard in North Canterbury, from a farmer with whom Theo, the winemaker, has a longstanding relationship.
Most of the grapes were fermented naturally as whole bunches on the skins, then aged in amphorae and tanks. Around 10% was aged in old barrels and left untopped, to develop a 'flor' (a surface yeast), which gives the wine an extra salty tang. After blending, the wine was then bottled unfined and unfiltered.
The Winemaker: The Hermit Ram
Theo Coles of The Hermit Ram has become known for his natural expressions of New Zealand through blends, skin-contact and amphorae. His approach is about letting New Zealand's terroir shine, with very little intervention. He has also planted a baby vineyard of his own, which he tends according to permaculture principles, inspired by the likes of Fukuoka. This is New Zealand wine as you haven't seen it before.