Southsea Wine Siren aka The Grape Slayer
Right, who’s thirsty?!
Given the predilection for over-indulgence that xmas inevitably brings, now’s a great time to explore healthier, more planet-friendly options for your festive boozing.
Now, natural wine means transparency. No hidden additives, preservatives, pesticides or manipulation. Most folk don’t realise there can be over 40 additives in wine sold throughout the EU, WITHOUT legally having to put it on the label…shocking! More often than not the temple throbbing hangover you experience is actually a chemical detox, rather than a punishment from the wine gods…they want you to have fun!
So if you’re keen to swerve the hangovers and support independent producers making artisan wine, check out my recommendations below and start enjoying the virtues of real wine. Made as nature intended with no nasties.
1 The Force Celeste 2019 Pet Nat by Mother Rock is EVERYTHING. This hazy salmon pink sparkler is a glorious tribute to South Africa’s native varietal, Pinotage, whose bright fruit is masterfully transformed into this lush fizzbomb. Aromas of raspberry, blood orange & earthy rhubarb with a fresh yet creamy baseline on the palate. The grapes are harvested early from dry farmed bush vines to capture the bright aromatics and the whole bunch pressed into used 500l barrels to start a natural 10 day fermentation. Before completion, juice is transferred to tank & bottled, spending 9 months on the lees before disgorgement. Pure, versatile & devilishly moreish- chill before serving. £30
Pair with smoked salmon, appetisers, risotto, salads and grilled meats.
2 Martin Diwald is one of Austria’s brightest rising stars, a second gen winemaking ledge & all round wicked guy. Pioneering biodynamics in Wagram, this broski’s wines are influenced by love, care & air— and so was born the name of this wine: The Luft & Liebe ’17. With 2-3 weeks skin contact & 18 months in ancient acacia, this beauty makes for a smooth, fruity mouth bomb. All the cherry with savoury notes & stunning structure, it’s pure, vivid, luxurious & un-definable…just how Martin likes it. Serve cool, not too warm, to enjoy the evolution as it reaches room temp. £25
Pair with red meats, grilled veg, aged cheeses, pies and pizza.
3 Metamorphika, Chenin ’18 from Tarragona, Spain. The 60 year old vines for these grapes are so delicious that this is only the 3rd vintage Joan, the winemaker, has managed to keep safe enough from the wild boars to produce enough wine to release! 1000 bottles to be exact. After a slow, cold ferment in amphora to avoid oxidation the wine is aged for 9 months in old French oak before bottling in clay. Saline & mineral, it’s the ultimate refreshment: pure, unadulterated realness with enough acidity to stand up to a whole host of dishes. £23
Pair with fish dishes, pasta and creamy sauce, goats cheese and chicken.
If you’d like to buy or feel a yearnin’ for a learnin’ after reading the tasting notes above. Visit www.thegrapeslayer.com and explore the Grape Slayers natural wine club