Minus 220

Minus 220 is the first wine that we have produced with no additions, including sulphur. When we were asked to participate in Budburst 2016, New Zealand's first natural wine and food fair, we were asked to produce one 'gold standard wine as an example of the intention and goal of full natural winemaking'.

We took the opportunity to take some of our Green Glow 2016 and make a barrel (225 litres) of wine. Minus 220 is the result and it has been a fantastically successful experiment - so much so, that we will make two barrels in 2017. Minus 220 was barrel-fermented in neutral wood on its lees for six months before being sent straight to bottle. This is a completely handmade wine, with grapes hand-picked, the wine hand-stirred and manually transferred to bottle, the bottles hand-corked and hand-labelled and the natural beeswax seal (from local honey company Arataki) hand-applied.

The wine is golden yellow in colour and has fresh straw, dehydrated pineapple and spicy apricot on he nose and rich, full flavours of caramel, pineapple and citrus in the mouth. Grapefruit pith phenolics and a crisp acidity round out the finish. 

Or, as one taster said, 'It's like a stewed pear dessert with a spicy ginger sauce!'.