In the second of our new Discovery series giving you the opportunity to explore and taste some of the best new innovators and producers in the Natural Wine World, we feature British mavericks,Renegade Urban Winery.
Renegade isn't a traditional producer as they don't have a vineyard and instead buy their grapes depending on quality from growers in the UK and as far and wide as Albania. This may seem mad to a lot of traditionalists however a great line/description on their about us page is "Just like a chef who can select in-season vegetables from the best growers, we can change suppliers and pick the best grapes depending on the weather, regional variances and other external factors" which when you think about it seems obvious right? Why have the restraints of having to use the same grapes year in year out even if you know the previous vintage was better? Anyway, we have long been fans of these guys not because of their ethos and culture or their incredibly original labelling but because their wines absolutely BANG!
With a few new wines launching we felt this was the best time to put these guys in the spotlight and to cluster up three incredible cuvees currently in stock
First up is "Sara"; a salty, minerally, lemon peely, zesty Chardonnay, but with a unique and differentiating English twang. The cooler climate and winemaking touches have given this a lovely mid palate acidity that is ever so moreish. This is the kind of wine you may want to drink cases of... The Hungarian oak is soft, well integrated and not overpowering. You can really taste the fruit. It's gone through full malolactic fermentation so it's got a nice mouthfeel and soft creaminess without losing the freshness.
Producer: Renegade Region: Bethnal Green, London Grapes: Chardonnay Style: White Size: 75cl bottle
Second in this trio of British bangers is "Charlie". A completely unfiltered and unfined wine, it’s very slightly hazy to look at in the glass. It's a stone fruity, citrus blossomy, fresh textured wine. It's unusual but not intimidating. Don't be too worried about the elongated skin contact, it's actually clean yet very complex. A wine that will evolve both in the bottle with age, or out of the bottle as it opens up in your glass.
Last but by no means least is the latest new banger from the boys in Bethnal Green, "Courtney". Courtney is a 2019 Nero Di Trioa. Grown in Puglia, made in London. It's a really unusual wine. Medium-bodied and fruity. It's got a nose of palma violets and cardamon. Cherry and fig flavour. Soft tannins. Wild ferment. Unfiltered. Unfined. Bit of secondary oak contact. Lovely wine and unique.
Producer: Renegade Region: Bethnal Green, London Grapes: Nero Di Troia Style:Red Size: 75cl bottle