The Case for Autumn

The Case for Autumn


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Casa de Mouraz, Dāo Branco 2018

Traditional Portuguese field blend from Sara and António, who have been building a new winery to replace the one burned down in a forest fire in 2017. 15 different indigenous Portuguese varietals picked and co-fermented at the same time in this textured and classy white. Lemon, green apple, minerality (12.5%, £17)

Walnut Block, Pinot Noir The Nutcracker 2017

Rock stadium natural Pinot from Clyde Sowman, a small independent grower in Marlborough, NZ. Ripe fruit, new oak barrels, high toast rate. Try with baked mushrooms and garlic, or a steak and blue cheese. Raspberry, strawberry, vanilla (13.5%, £24)

Terrace Edge, Syrah 2018

The Chapmans have again won the Riedel award for Best Organic Producer in New Zealand, so the 2021 trophy can join the 2018 on the family mantle piece. A special place, and a special wine. Violets, cassis, black pepper, bacon fat (13%, £27.50)

Meinklang, Zweigelt Graupert 2017

Low intervention winemaking – and vineyard management! Vanguard natural wine producers Meinklang haven’t been pruned these vines for several years, and the resulting fruit is smaller in size but richer in flavour. Great with spicy food; try with hummus. Hibiscus, pomegranate, balsamic (12%, £23)

Casa de Mouraz, Dāo Tinto 2015

Another field blend, a different fifteen varieties. Unoaked, so all the flavour comes from the vibrant fruit – and the soil. Plum, damson, blackberry (13%, £17)

The Supernatural Wine Company, Sauvignon Blanc, Green Glow 2016

Orange / amber / skin fermented Sauvignon from Gregory Collinge’s nine hectare vineyard in Hawke’s Bay, New Zealand. Lemon, mandarin, stewed pears, ginger (13% abv., £20)