Grape - Solaris
Where – Dorset
What - Offbeat Wines are English producers that you need to be truly excited about. The winery is set in the chalky hills of South Dorset, not too far from the Devon border. We know all too well that English wine hasn’t got a great reputation for eco-conscious winemaking, but the fantastic Daniel Ham sets out to change this.
To get a worthwhile harvest in such a tumultuous climate, producers are inclined to rely on agrochemicals and herbicides. Not Dan - his ethos is different. He truly cares about the land, so he works to source small parcels of grapes that are sustainably farmed without the use of damaging sprays.
The Skinny Dip is an orange wine produced from Solaris grapes harvested from a small, organic site near the town of Ottery St Mary in Devon. After destemming, the grapes are crushed and fermented on the skins in clay amphoras for a 3 month period. After removing the skins, the amber juice is aged in stainless steel and naturally settled before bottling. As with anything Dan produces, the wines are unfined, unfiltered and no sulphite is added.
This is a very special drop and we can’t wait to see what you all think. The rich, honey-like colour is something special in itself. But, beyond that, you can expect notes of tangerine juice, orange pith, whisky, smoke and sage. The silky mouth-feel is glorious and the pleasant acidity makes this one of the most moreish natural orange wines out there right now.
What’s more, only 1048 bottles of this wine have been produced. It’s a temptingly rare addition to our Wine Vial venture.
Vegan. Organic practicing. Low intervention. 11.5% ABV.