White Wine

Jean-Pierre Robinot - 2019 Bistrologie
2019 Bistrologie
Nikau - 2020 ‘Tonimbuk’ Amphora Granite
2020 ‘Tonimbuk’ Amphora Granite
Nikau - 2019 ‘Tolone’ White
2019 ‘Tolone’ White
Frederick Stevenson - 2021 Riesling
2021 Riesling
Lucy M - 2021 Vino Bianco
2021 Vino Bianco
Lucy M - 2021 La Sarriette Pinot Blanc
2021 La Sarriette Pinot Blanc
Mallaluka - 2021 Orange
2021 Orange
Silent Noise - 2021 Cloudy But Fine Chardonnay
2021 Cloudy But Fine Chardonnay
Bruno Duchene - 2020 La Luna Blanc
2020 La Luna Blanc
Bink - 2021 Flowers Semillon
2021 Flowers Semillon
Chateau Acid - 2020 Chardonnay
2020 Chardonnay
Fallow - 2020 Golden Days Chardonnay
2020 Golden Days Chardonnay
Fallow - 2021 Piquette
2021 Piquette
Patrice Beguet - 2019 Fresh Impressions Blanc
2019 Fresh Impressions Blanc
Patrice Beguet - 2019 Big Bunch Theory 'Go Together' Blanc
2019 Big Bunch Theory 'Go Together' Blanc
Champ Divin - 2018 Pollux (oxidative)
2018 Pollux (oxidative)
Champ Divin - 2020 'Castor' Chardonnay/Savagnin
2020 'Castor' Chardonnay/Savagnin
Halcyon Days - 2020 Kōtare
2020 Kōtare
AMI - 2019 AOP Côte de Beaune Blanc 'Les Mosnières'
2019 AOP Côte de Beaune Blanc 'Les Mosnières'
Borachio - 2021 Chardonnay
2021 Chardonnay
Borachio - 2021 Savagnin
2021 Savagnin
Giovino - 2020 Bianco
2020 Bianco
Domaine de la Pépière - 2020 Sèvre et Maine Muscadet
2020 Sèvre et Maine Muscadet
Borachio - 2021 Battered Sav
2021 Battered Sav
White Wine

At Winona we love white wine. And alliteration. White wine is often the style that many people ar...Read More...

At Winona we love white wine. And alliteration. White wine is often the style that many people are introduced to when they first start to drink. Fresher, livelier, fruit-centric and acid driven. Flashes from youth watching parents pour greenish-gold liquid that filled the room with the smell of passionfruit and cut grass, whilst exclaiming “Ahhh Savvy B!”. Or, as you’ve grown older, you’ve found yourself wandering into a bottle shop, not sure what you want, and when the bottle shop assistant asks if they can help, you find yourself inexplicably replying, “Hmm...maybe your biggest, boldest, buttery Chardonnay?”. We’ve all been there. 

It’s not often a style we associate with the world of natural wine, unfortunately we tend to lump it into the binary whose two poles glare ‘Wolf Blass’ and ‘Burgundy’. However, this is a common misconception. The world of natural wine not only incorporates more playful, left of centre styles like orange wines and pet nats, but refreshing, energetic and lively styles of white wine that will placate the classic Chardonnay quaffer, the Riesling enthusiast, the Savvy-B die-hard, to those who take no prisoners when it comes to reference point: Silvaner, Sauvignon Gris, Cortese, Assyrtiko rejoice! Natural white wines tend to favour lower alcohol levels, have unbridled aromatics and have a texture and voice that can only be described as...alive. 

They also are made in a way that nurtures the land, encouraging wild yeasts, avoiding the use of chemicals, and allowing the fruit to speak for itself. Winemakers using organic, biodynamic, permacultural methods to grow fruit have really opened the doors for far more expressive, interesting and ultimately sustainable white wines. Drinking natural white wine is a way to reset your expectations when it comes to white wine drinking, and reduce your carbon footprint and likelihood of a disappointing wine whilst you’re at it. One can still flaunt their love of white wines made in regions steeped in tradition; Mosel, Burgundy, South African Chenin and Soave, whilst exploring lesser known varieties and regions. There is also less of a focus on the use of oak, instead exploring more interesting styles of making – the use of flor and oxidation in Jura and Spain (even Australia!) allow for rich, nutty, textural wines, for example. Or the practice of earlier picking, retaining natural freshness and vivacity. Cultivating local varieties and making wines that speak truly of place, as in Greece, Italy, France, South America...oh, and Australia!  Experimentation of blends – blow your palate with a Semillon/Vigonier, a Cortese/Greco, a Trebbiano/Malvasia/Verdicchio...even reading this might make your brain tickle. At Winona we have curated a selection of wines that encapsulate the space they were grown and made in, whilst exploring a seemingly endless range of white wine styles. DIVE IN. 

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