Red Wine

Chateau Comme ci Comme ca - 2021 Vin Rose
2021 Vin Rose
Domaine Bobinet - 2020 Hanami Cabernet Franc
2020 Hanami Cabernet Franc
Geyer - NV Rouge No.2
NV Rouge No.2
Brash Higgins - 2021 CINS Cinsault
2021 CINS Cinsault
Jauma- 2021 "UJO" Red Blend
2021 'UJO' Red Blend
Jauma- 2021 "Tikka the Cosmic Cat" Red Blend
2021 'Tikka the Cosmic Cat' Red Blend
Jauma - 2021 "Danby" Grenache
2021 'Danby' Grenache
Jauma - 2021 "Audrey’s Fairygarten" Shiraz
2021 'Audrey’s Fairygarten' Shiraz
Olek Bondonio - 2020 Dolcetto d'Alba
2020 Dolcetto d'Alba
Olek Bondonio - 2020 Rosso Giulietta
2020 Rosso Giulietta
Hervé Souhaut - 2020 Syrah
2020 Syrah
Hervé Souhaut - 2020 La Souteronne Gamay
2020 La Souteronne Gamay
Frankly Bob - 2019 Frankly This Wine Was Made By Tom
2019 Frankly This Wine Was Made By Tom
Flavia Madda - 2018 Etna Rosso
2018 Etna Rosso
Minim - 2021 Hitch
2021 Hitch
Occhipinti - 2020 Rosso SP68
2020 Rosso SP68
Stoney Rise - 2021 No Clothes Pinot Noir
2021 No Clothes Pinot Noir
Lucy M 2021 Fresco Sangiovese
Lucy M 2021 Fresco Sangiovese
Lucy M - 2021 Vino Rosso
2021 Vino Rosso
Lucy M - 2021 Gamay Nuovo
2021 Gamay Nuovo
Lucy M - 2021 Dynamique Cabernet Franc
2021 Dynamique Cabernet Franc
Mallaluka - 2021 Barbera
2021 Barbera
Red Wine

We all know what red wine is, but do we reeeeaaally know what a natural red wine is? The fundamen...Read More...

We all know what red wine is, but do we reeeeaaally know what a natural red wine is?

The fundamental characteristics are as such: dark-skinned grapes are picked from the vine, crushed ever so slightly to break their skins, left to macerate in the now starting to ferment juice; imparting tannin, colour, flavour. After the ideal amount of time for the winemaker, this mix of juice and solids is separated then put into a vessel that houses them until they finish fermenting, and then onwards whilst they age. This method can be tweaked and tailored depending on regional preferences, tradition, variety, experimentation, however, all red wines will have gone through some semblance of this process. The difference with the wines that we curate at Winona, is that alongside this, we stock natural wines. These are wines that are unfettered, energetic, engaging, exciting. They are farmed progressively, from makers who prioritise this in their viticultural practice: implementing organics, permaculture, biodynamics, or simply integrating sustainability to previously uncared for vineyards. The methods they use are gentle and lo-fi – natural wines are not tailored, they are expressive of the place they came from. No fining, no filtering, avoiding the use of chemicals or preservatives, keeping machinery to the minimum and always picking by hand. These time-consuming processes ensure the most expressive and beautiful fruit, and thus, the most beautiful natural wines. They keep their natural properties, antioxidants, natural microbes, water, and help to make you feel better when you drink, mentally ;) 

At Winona, we take pride in ranging natural red wines that encompass all styles and sections of the world. Natural red wines can sit outside of tradition in terms of look or feel, but there are plenty that fit within the bracket of what we currently know. The beauty is, when you look through the wines we stock, you can be assured you are making a more ethical decision by the environment, and taking care of smaller producers and growers.

The two biggest differences to look for when purchasing the perfect natural red wine for you, are variety and maceration method. If you prefer lighter, less textural, fruit-forward wines: Pinot Noir, Gamay, Grenache, Cinsault, Valpolicella blends. Wines that have been carbonically macerated, or held on their skins for shorter amounts of time imparting less tannin, and wines from cooler climates ensuring brighter acidity and prettier fruit. More medium bodied wines will find you seeking Cabernet Franc, Tempranillo, Sangiovese, Montepulciano, Barbera. Look for the middle of Italy, warmer New World regions such as Australia or South Africa, and the South of France. Like it broody and moody? Malbec, Shiraz, Nebbiolo, Aglianico, Cabernet Sauvignon. Chile, Barolo, Barossa, America and Bordeaux will be your best mates. 

Amidst the covetable Claret, the sensuous Sangiovese, boozy Blaufrankisch, malleable Merlot, gracious Grenache, the friend who reliably turns up to the party every time no matter the context – Pinot Noir, Montepulciano, Tempranillo, Shiraz. Or perhaps you prefer Indie recluses like Grolleau, Ploussard, Mondeuse, Xinomavro, Blaufrankisch, Pais, Pinotage...There’s a red out there for every palate, every mood, every milestone. 

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