A mixed case perfect for drinking right now -
Cantina Venosa Basilicata Bianco Vignali, Italy - We love indigenous grapes and we love wines from volcanic soils - they seem to have a verve and life that’s a bit special. In this case the grapes are Greco and Malvasia and the volcanic soils in Basilicata in the south of Italy, a slightly forgotten land of mountains, fields and beautiful landscapes. Cantina Venosa is a cooperative winery with around 400 members who between them own around 800 hectares, from which they produce a range of wines including whites and the flagship Aglianico del Vulture. This wine is one of the classic range which express the typical regional style. White peach, melon, orange blossom. Pair with shrimps or asparagus risotto and drink young but not too heavily chilled.
Guillaume Gonnet, le Reveur, Cotes du Rhone Blanc, France - The Gonnet family own a famous estate in Chateauneuf du Pape but Guillaume and his Australian born wife Kelly also make a range of wines from other parts of the Rhône valley from grapes grown for them by friends. This is a deliciously aromatic white, a blend of Viognier, Grenache Blanc and Roussanne. Lovely with fish and seafood its also one of favourite wines with cheese, especially young, soft rinded cheeses. Organic.Vegan
Les Vignerons d’Estezargues, Cuvee des Galets, Pont du Gard, France - Les Vignerons d’Estezargues is a pioneering cooperative producer who, when everyone else was chasing volume and low price, turned it on its head and went for quality above all. Still remarkably good value their wines have all the lovely Rhône character you could hope for - warm, welcoming fruit, a touch of spice - with a lightness of touch that makes them super drinkable. Drink with suitably southern French fare such as ratatouille, daubes, simply grilled vegetables with a dollop of tapenade. Organic. Vegan
Odfjell Vineyards, Armador Carmenere, Valle Central, Chile - The Odfjell family is from Norway originally and made a packet out of shipping and drilling. Odfjell senior fell in love with Chile, bought a farm and built a winery and they haven’t looked back. A pioneer of organic and biodynamic viticulture in Chile, their wines have more character and individuality than the norm. They have acquired vineyards in various different sites around Chile, in order to match grape varieties to the optimum sites. Pictured is their mobile pest control vehicle aka the chicken coop which they wheel around the vineyards, leaving the chickens to do their thing during the day. This wine is made from Carmenere which appears to be acquiring the reputation of being Chile’s grape in the way the Malbec is Argentina’s. For a long time confused with Merlot, it shares quite a lot of that variety’s characteristics but with a slightly more green pepper and herbal edge. It’s one of our favourite wines with curry and other similarly spiced food. Organic. Vegan
Luis Canas, Rioja Crianza, Rioja Alavesa - Incredibly in the 1970’s it was extremely unusual for winemakers in Rioja Alavesa, a cooler, damper subregion of the Rioja area, up by the Sierra Cantabria, to bottle wines themselves rather than sell in bulk to other producers or merchants. Luis Canas was one of the first to do so and used to distribute himself too, heading up to Bilbao to sell direct to bars and restaurants. This innovative spirit has continued and the bodega is now recognised as one of Rioja’s premium producers. Luis Canas senior himself is now in his eighties but still rocks up for a glass and a few olives every lunchtime while his son, Juan Luis, focuses on producing fantastic quality fruit and not whacking it with excess oak ageing. This choice may seem a bit mainstream for an Iron & Rose case but sometimes a properly classy classic is the way to go! Expect plum, cherry, a touch of liquorice, lovely soft tannin and subtle oak aromas. Fantastic with traditional Spanish cured meats, a paella or roasted meat or poultry. Organic. Vegan
Envinate, Albahra, Castilla-La Mancha, Spain - This wine is made from Garnacha Tintorera, a red juice, red fleshed varietal, a very rare thing, that gives loads of fruit and colour without the wine becoming too heavy. Produced by one of our favourite winemaking teams, Envinate, from vineyards at around 800 metres all in Almansa, over towards the mediterranean coast. It’s made with around 40% whole bunches, the rest crushed as usual, in concrete tanks to give a more fruit forward style. Appealingly ripe, earthy and approachable it’s great with a wide range of foods. Drink now or keep happily for a couple of years. Organic Vegan
This case contains one bottle of each of these wines. If any is out of stock or becomes unavailable it will be replaced by one of equal or greater value and deliciousness.