Renegade, 'Alf' Castelão 2019
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Grown in Portugal but made in Bethnal Green, we present to you, Alf 2019. Renegade has turned the notch up on this one with a far more 'natural' vibe on the nose compared to most of their wines. Castelão are whole bunch & hand destemmed before being aged in neutral old French oak barrels for 10 months, then left to bottle age for 12 months. He's full of blackcurrant with a natural overtone leading to leather, spice and dates. A slightly divisive wine, loved by many, challenging to some. Which sounds like a Renegade to us!
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 labeling but because their wines absolutely BANG!
Region: Lagos, Portugal