Sustainability Mixed Case
We have put together a choice of 6 amazing and sustainable wines from around the world. In collaboration with Azraq, $1.00 a bottle will go towards sponsoring an artificial reef (https://azraqme.org). Azraq are doing amazing work protecting marine ecosystems and species and our aim is to sponsor a Nursery Table and large Reef in 2022, funded by this initiative.
By purchasing this box, you get 10% OFF catalogue price for these excellent wines!
Few see the impacts of the climate crisis as close to home as those in agriculture. Winemakers around the world face a multitude of unprecedented change. Farmers have always worked with nature – but the sheer scale and speed of change now, is unseen. From entire crop loss, due to fire and drought, to soil being completely drained of nutrients and left unworkable. Such drastic damage has never happened so fast.
To make great wine, you need great terroir. The soil and climate of a vineyard are what gives wine it’s personality, it’s structure, it’s flavour profile. Spraying any land with chemicals, depletes the soil of it’s natural vitality. It stops the indigenous flora and fauna from thriving – which is what led to the land being fertile and ready for vines in the first place.
This ‘Sustainable Selection’ is our chance to put six producers in the spotlight, who have taken steps to work harmoniously with nature and implement more science based, progressive policies to protect the planet. The path to sustainability is not a clearly defined one – and nor is it about reaching one point and stopping. The wines we’ve chosen reflect our own approach – that it is about constant improvement and learning, to try and live more harmoniously with Mother Nature all the time.
Planeta La Segreta Rosso IGT
La Segreta is a versatile companion for daily drinking, suitable for many different occasions. It is a perfect approach to Sicilian wine with its excellent relationship between price and quality, guaranteed by Planeta’s careful input from vine to wine. An intense, vivid ruby colour. On the nose aromas of redcurrant and mulberry with a slightly spicy and minty finish. In the mouth, the wine demonstates its fine personality with flavours of ripe wild fruits, balanced by a very pleasant full and herbal taste. The tannins are soft and smooth conferring a very versatile character to this red wine.
Etna Bianco, Fondo Filara, Organic
Organically-farmed Contrada Monte Gorna vineyard, at an altitude of around 700m. The fruit is hand harvested well into October. The carefully selected grapes are cold macerated for 24 hours and, after destemming, are pressed softly. The juice is left to ferment at a controlled temperature of 15-18°C for approximately 20- 25 days. The wine is bottled in February following a short maturation in tonneaux. The wine has a pronounced and complex nose with savoury, nutty aromas and hints of fennel and white spice. Ripe and textured with lightly honeyed stone fruit, balanced by minerality and sappy acidity. The blend is 60% Carricante & 40% Catarratto.
Kaiken Clásico, Cabernet Sauvignon, Mendoza, Argentina
Sustainability is at the heart of Kaiken’s vineyard and winemaking practices. This includes specific winery cleaning protocols to conserve the use of water as well as a wastewater treatment plant that allows Kaiken to reuse winery water for agricultural purposes
Araldica Gavi DOCG La Luciana
Production: Produced from Cortese grapes cultivated in vineyards on the Monferrato hills in the South of the province of Asti, Piemonte. The Piemonte low Guyot trellis system is used for the vines, which grow in a limestone-clay soil. Grapes are hand harvested in the last week of September. This wine is has tasting notes of zesty citrus fruit and lightly floral characters, with hints of apple and pear. Fresh, steely acidity and underlying mineral characters, balanced by notes of melon and stone fruit, and a touch of fennel and spice.
Billi Billi Shiraz, Grampians, Victora, Australia
Mount Langi respect the fragile beauty of their land – and this is perhaps due to the unique nature of their cool climate wines, which wouldn’t exist in a warmer climate. Their guiding principle is to leave the land in a better state than they found it. On a pathway to using 100% solar energy, the viticulturalists here also avoid using chemical synthetics in the vineyards. The Shiraz from the Grampians in Victoria, shows how Shiraz can be made to reflect it’s elegance and softer side, whilst still offering great intensity of fruit and a long, enjoyable finish.
Balthasar Ress, Von Unserm, Pinot Noir, Rheingau
Balthasar Ress fields are abundant with life – and you can hear the buzz of insects and see the variety of indigenous flowers. The nose reveals intense aromas of fresh wild berries and bright red fruits. Slight hints of sweetness reminiscent of currant jam. On the palate, light tannins and a perceptible but well-integrated ripe acidity that gives the wine structure and makes it a versatile food companion.