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What is natural wine?
Natural Wine ain’t a new thing. It’s pretty difficult and ultimately unhelpful, to peg it with a narrow definition - there’s no sole mouthfeel, flavour profile, look, colour or in fact a universally accepted definition to describe this process of wine production. Natural wine should be seen as an ideological direction; a labour-intensive shift towards conscious viticulture patterns, responsible, low-intervention production methods and a more intertwined relationship between land and ‘maker’ or lack their of.   Like all wine, the product reflects the terroir (a french term that encapsulates characteristics of climatic, soil, slope, altitude etc etc). However, this relationship is more pronounced when it comes to Natural Wine. As Bertrand explained to me; “if the hard mahi goes into the vineyard, the wine will be easy to make. The grap...Read more
Natural Wine ain’t a new thing. It’s pretty difficult and ultimately unhelpful, to peg it with a narrow definition - there’s no sole mouthfeel, flavour profile, look, colour or in fact a universally accepted definition to describe this process of wine production. Natural wine should be seen as an ideological direction; a labour-intensive shift towards conscious viticulture patterns, responsible, low-intervention production methods and a more intertwined relationship between land and ‘maker’ or lack their of.   Like all wine, the product reflects the terroir (a french term that encapsulates characteristics of climatic, soil, slope, altitude etc etc). However, this relatio...Read more
VARIETALS
Sauvignon Blanc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Chenin Blanc, Riesling, Merlot, Syrah, Pinot Gris, Malbec, Grenache, Muscat, Temprenillo, Semillon, Gamay, Petit Verdot the list goes on and on and on...Grape varieties are the sole factor that decide the colour of a wine and most importantly, how it tastes. Each variety of grape may produce distinct and identifiable styles and flavours in a wine. There are countless identified varieties in the world - some of which are indigneous to their place of origin, whilst others are the results of natural mutations or human intervention.

The grapes that go into making wine are different to those for eating found in the supermarket. Most wines are made using a genus (or species) called Vitis Vinifera. There are currently thousands of identified Vitis vini...Read more
Sauvignon Blanc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Chenin Blanc, Riesling, Merlot, Syrah, Pinot Gris, Malbec, Grenache, Muscat, Temprenillo, Semillon, Gamay, Petit Verdot the list goes on and on and on...Grape varieties are the sole factor that decide the colour of a wine and most importantly, how it tastes. Each variety of grape may produce distinct and identifiable styles and flavours in a wine. There are countless identified varieties in the world - some of which are indigneous to their place of origin, whilst others are the results of natural mutations or human intervention.

The grapes that go into making wine...Read more
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Guimaro Camino Real
Located in Sober, Amandi, Adegas Guimaro makes terroir-focussed wines in Ribeira Sacra. Founded in 1991, the bodega is headed by Pedro Manuel Rodriguez. Guimaro adopted Pedro’s grandfathers nickname, that roughly translates to ‘rebel’ in Galician.Pedro is an organic maker and farmer, producing Mencia fruit from his old vines situated upon the steep slopes of Ribeira Sacra. After taking over the Guímaro business in 2006, the focus continued to be upon producing young wines. A chance meeting with legendary producer, Raúl Pérez, brought a shift towards natural yeasts, whole-bunch ferments and the use of foudres. The ‘Camino Real’ is sourced from a small (6ha) plot from vines over 50 years old, making for incredibly concentrated and juicy fruit. If you’re unfamiliar with Mencia, this is as good as it gets, think ...Read more
Located in Sober, Amandi, Adegas Guimaro makes terroir-focussed wines in Ribeira Sacra. Founded in 1991, the bodega is headed by Pedro Manuel Rodriguez. Guimaro adopted Pedro’s grandfathers nickname, that roughly translates to ‘rebel’ in Galician.Pedro is an organic maker and farmer, producing Mencia fruit from his old vines situated upon the steep slopes of Ribeira Sacra. After taking over the Guímaro business in 2006, the focus continued to be upon producing young wines. A chance meeting with legendary producer, Raúl Pérez, brought a shift towards natural yeasts, whole-bunch ferments and the use of foudres. The ‘Camino Real’ is sourced fr...Read more
Moussamoussettes
The Domaine Mosse pet nat Moussamoussettes is undoubtedly a cult wine! Every year it keeps getting better and we’re more than excited about this year’s offering.This year’s vintage saw the majority of the grapes being Pineau d’Aunis, supplemented by the local Grolleau Noir variety and a small amount of Cabernet Franc. The Pineau d’Aunis is one of our favourite varietals currently - bright with incredible depth and colour, this grape is also used in some of the Pet Nats made by Jean-Pierre Robinot. After pressing, the juice was fermented in barrels, then bottled in November after the fermentation process reached 18 grams of residual sugar. This sugar then continued to ferment, producing the incredibly fine, light bubbles you see today. The result is a perfect example of...Read more
The Domaine Mosse pet nat Moussamoussettes is undoubtedly a cult wine! Every year it keeps getting better and we’re more than excited about this year’s offering.This year’s vintage saw the majority of the grapes being Pineau d’Aunis, supplemented by the local Grolleau Noir variety and a small amount of Cabernet Franc. The Pineau d’Aunis is one of our favourite varietals currently - bright with incredible depth and colour, this grape is also used in some of the Pet Nats made by Jean-Pierre Robinot. After pressing, the juice was fermented in barrels, then bottled in November a...Read more
Producer Profile: Raul Perez
The Perez family vineyard, Castro Ventoza (Windy Castle) is situated in Valtuille de Abajo, a village in Bierzo, and was established in 1752. A jigsaw puzzle of terraces and small parcels, Bierzo is an ancient region located in the Castille y Leon, in the far North West of Spain.The region is renowned for its Mencia production. The Mencia varietal is a fragrant, juicy and delicate grape that is often referred to as “the Pinot Noir of Spain”. Raised in the winery, Raul Perez produced his first vintage from his parents vines in 1994 at the age of 22. After studying Oenology, he marked his shift from academic to winemaker and began producing vintages using the family Mencia. From 2005, Perez began his own vineyard, Bodega y Vinedos Raul Perez. Recently he has expanded into...Read more
The Perez family vineyard, Castro Ventoza (Windy Castle) is situated in Valtuille de Abajo, a village in Bierzo, and was established in 1752. A jigsaw puzzle of terraces and small parcels, Bierzo is an ancient region located in the Castille y Leon, in the far North West of Spain.The region is renowned for its Mencia production. The Mencia varietal is a fragrant, juicy and delicate grape that is often referred to as “the Pinot Noir of Spain”. Raised in the winery, Raul Perez produced his first vintage from his parents vines in 1994 at the age of 22. After studying Oenology, he mark...Read more
2019 Deep Down Sauvignon Blanc
Ahhh Sauvignon Blanc, a variety that has become somewhat polarizing in recent time. Following the boom of the 2000s, New Zealand’s local appetite for Sauvignon Blanc has somewhat weaned. However, we must acknowledge that New Zealand’s 8th biggest industry is essentially driven by this varietal.  It was in the mid 80s when the Brancott Estate (formerly known as Montana Wines) realised that Marlborough and Sauvignon Blanc were destined to be the next big thing. Quickly after, the English and Aussies jumped on board and by the late 80s, demand went through the roof.  In 1997, Sauvignon Blanc total plantings consisted of 7,500 hectares in New Zealand. Jump to 2017, where we now have 37,000 hectares – a five fold increase in vineyard area over just two decades. Deep Down is the result of a friendsh...Read more
Ahhh Sauvignon Blanc, a variety that has become somewhat polarizing in recent time. Following the boom of the 2000s, New Zealand’s local appetite for Sauvignon Blanc has somewhat weaned. However, we must acknowledge that New Zealand’s 8th biggest industry is essentially driven by this varietal.  It was in the mid 80s when the Brancott Estate (formerly known as Montana Wines) realised that Marlborough and Sauvignon Blanc were destined to be the next big thing. Quickly after, the English and Aussies jumped on board and by the late 80s, demand went through the roof.  In 1997, Sauvignon Blanc total plantings consiste...Read more
Star speaks to Amy from Amoise wines
We first caught up with Amy in the beautiful Hawkes Bay at the Two Terraces vineyard, where she showed us through the vines and gave us the opportunity to try her 2020 vintages. Jump forward a few weeks and Amy was up in Auckland. She shot us a message to do a quick tasting out the back of Star Superette, so we figured it would be a great opportunity to chat some shit and have a chat about her history and journey into a career of wine. Amy! Thanks for catching up with us. Sorry everything is a bit disorganized, we haven’t really figured what we’re doing it so we’re just winging it! So - how’d you first get into wine?Just my hospo days! I was a crimin...Read more
We first caught up with Amy in the beautiful Hawkes Bay at the Two Terraces vineyard, where she showed us through the vines and gave us the opportunity to try her 2020 vintages. Jump forward a few weeks and Amy was up in Auckland. She shot us a message to do a quick tasting out the back of Star Superette, so we figured it would be a great opportunity to chat some shit and have a chat about her history and journey into a career of wine. Amy! Thanks for catching up with us. Sorry everything is a bit disorganized, we ...Read more
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Producer Profile: Amy Hopkinson-Styles
Amy Hopkinson-Styles is a winemaker based in Hawkes Bay, New Zealand. Alongside her husband, Ollie, Halcyon Days uses time-honoured methods to create living wines that are a dynamic expression of the terroir of Aotearoa New Zealand.Halcyon Days wine is made with organic grapes from a BioGro certified Mangatahi vineyard, that have been planted in loam over red gravel alluvial soils. Mangatahi is a sub-region of Hawke’s Bay on the southern terraces of the braided Ngaruroro river. The fruit is handpicked and naturally fermented – Halcyon wines and our wines are unfined, unfiltered, with no additions. During our September tour of Hawke’s Bay, we had the pleasure of catching up with Amy of @halcyon_wines on the beautiful Te-Mata peak. 
Atop of a windy hillside, we talked about the rich his...Read more
Amy Hopkinson-Styles is a winemaker based in Hawkes Bay, New Zealand. Alongside her husband, Ollie, Halcyon Days uses time-honoured methods to create living wines that are a dynamic expression of the terroir of Aotearoa New Zealand.Halcyon Days wine is made with organic grapes from a BioGro certified Mangatahi vineyard, that have been planted in loam over red gravel alluvial soils. Mangatahi is a sub-region of Hawke’s Bay on the southern terraces of the braided Ngaruroro river. The fruit is handpicked and naturally fermented – Halcyon wines and our wines are unfined, unfiltered, with no additions. During our September tour of H...Read more
JURA MAGNUMS
Wines always age better in Magnums. The 1.5L format allows the wines to evolve slowly and develop well with time.Lucky for us we were able to secure some Magnums from an astonishing region in the old world - Jura. Located on the east coast of France, Jura has been under the radar for some time in the mainstream vernacular. Now it’s finally catching the heat it deserves and the wine world is looking after the region like a precious gem. Savagnin, Chardonnay, Trousseau, Poulsard and Pinot Noir are amongst the main grapes grown in the Jura region. With an incredible range of flavour profiles, think from oxidative whites to a light and fresh reds (that are awesome chilled!), Jura has deservedly risen on the top counter of all Na...Read more
Wines always age better in Magnums. The 1.5L format allows the wines to evolve slowly and develop well with time.Lucky for us we were able to secure some Magnums from an astonishing region in the old world - Jura. Located on the east coast of France, Jura has been under the radar for some time in the mainstream vernacular. Now it’s finally catching the heat it deserves and the wine world is looking after the region like a precious gem. Savagnin, Chardonnay, Trousseau, Poulsard and Pinot Noir are amongst the main grapes grown in the Jura region. With an...Read more