Although Halloween is over for those who are looking to stock up on something warming and also a little different this November please see my three recommendations below.
The good news is, it’s not made from Oranges! So, what is an orange wine? An orange wine is simply a white wine which has been fermented with it’s skins in the same way a red wine would be and therefore has more colour than a normal white would do…..let’s call it an Orange hue. Normally a white wine is just free run juice with no skin contact.
This wine needs food. Straw orange in colour, the nose is a delicate melange of quince, and vanilla. The palate is complex and structured with elegant stone fruits, soft tannins and a long finish. This wine has been naturally fermented and is bottled unfined and unfiltered so expect a little sediment.
Okay, so if the Orange wine sounds a little bit on the ‘unique’ side, then if we’re in the mood to celebrate I would only be polite to offer your guests, (if they are allowed in) something classic but brilliant. Here is my favourite Marlborough Sauvignon, once you have tried this it will remind you of what they used to taste like when they first emerged. From family run estate Staete Landt where the wines are made using mostly hand-picked fruit, and the end product is perfectly balanced, with quality citrus and gooseberry and a fresh minerally finish.
The Bullets Before Cannonballs is from one of my favourite producers this year, the Australian producer Ricca Terra from South Australia.
These guys are a perfect example of the maverick styles of winemaking coming out of the country right now and they do it well!
Made with an exciting blend of Tempranillo, Nero d’Avola, Negroamaro and Lagrein. The wine is dark ink in colour and like all the Ricca Terra wines the quality of fruit comes through on the nose immediately, with notes of liquorice, plum, cola and dark fruits, finishing with hints of smoke and tobacco. A nice warming red!