Summer List Series 02: Natural Wine

5 natural wines you must try...

A summer sip! Our second list of the series celebrates natural wine. Free from sulphates and often organically grown, natural wine is our new favourite thing to try on a wine list.

To help us know what is what, Rosie Herdman (Assistant Fashion Editor at VIVA) and Brendan Manning of CLAY, have put together a list of their must try drops this summer. CLAY is a beautiful new wine bar that has recently opened its doors onto K Rd. It is a perfect spot to wind down in the late afternoon sun with friends and try a bottle of something new. All of the bottles mentioned in this list are available to drink in or take away from CLAY, 366 Karangahape Rd, Auckland.

Thank you Rosie and Brendan!

Parellada I Faura Cava

A sparkling wine is a must for summer. This cava is made in the traditional method – like champagne – but with some differences. Using hand harvested grapes, pressed and wild fermented in stainless steel, the taste is rich and biscuitty but clean.

Millton 2018 Libiamo Field Blend

A blend of viognier, Gewurztraminer, Riesling and Muscat, the Libiamo Field Blend is a fragrant wine that's very drinkable. Gisborne-based Millton was the Southern Hemisphere's first biodynamic wine estate when it was planted in 1984, and its Libiamo range is unfiltered, unfined and textured thanks to extended time on skins.

2016 Domaine Matassa Blanc

One for the orange wine fans, Matassa Blanc is a beautiful, elegant wine with a moreish nutty quality in the finish. Created by New Zealander Tom Lubbe, who purchased a small old vineyard high up in the Fenouilledes region of France in 2001, all Domaine Matassa wines are made without any additions at all, including suphur dioxide. Pleasant and very easy to drink, Matassa Blanc is textural without leaving too much of a tannic after taste on the tongue.

2016 Sato Pinot Noir Pisa Terrace

Japanese-born, French-trained winemaking couple Yoshiaki and Kyoko Sato moved to Central Otago in 2006 and have been producing wines made with minimal intervention ever since. Sato's Pinot Noir is softer than you'd typically find in the Central Otago region, and is a wonderfully elegant option for red wine fans wanting to try natural wine for the first time.

Momento Mori Fistful of Flowers

Australian-based New Zealander Dane Johns is one of the country's most sought after natural winemakers, and uses mostly Italian varietals in his Momento Mori wines. Fistful of Flowers is made from organically-grown Moscato Giallo and Vermentino from the slopes of Mt Camel in Heathcote, Victoria. On the nose, expect perfumed stone fruits, musk and spring blossoms. The taste is more clean, fresh and pure in contrast, and at 10.3% alcohol, Fistful of Flowers is made for summer afternoon drinking.

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