Billy Brut discovers the New Zealand Native Bush. “Il est très paisible.”
One of the most fashionable styles of wine in recent times is, ironically, derived from a very ancient technique. ‘Orange’ wines are produced by processing white grapes in the same way as red grapes – that is with extended skin contact. White wines are generally processed without any skin contact at all, producing a clean, pure and refreshing wine. The skin of a grape contains rich flavours, tannins and colours. Extended contact with the skin gives the white wine the structural grip and savoury characters of a red wine (tasted blind, these wines are often identified as being red), with the aromatic appeal of a white wine. The end result is intriguing and very flavourful, making them a versatile food wine that matches well with many cuisines.
The most common grape used for Orange wines is Pinot Gris – with its naturally copper-toned skin, it makes for a beautiful golden-hued wine, with both aromatic appeal and savoury complexity. Other varietals, such as Sauvignon Blanc are being used to makes these wines as well, with each variety producing a different expression of the style.
Supernatural Wine Co in the Hawkes Bay produce two exceptional ‘Orange wines’ – a Pinot Gris, and a Sauvignon Blanc. Both are 100% organic, naturally vinified and estate grown.
‘Spook Light’ Skin-fermented Pinot Gris
Rose gold in colour. Alpine strawberries, cherries and plums on the nose, with a background of exotic spices. A delightfully cleansing astringency on the palate with intensity, opulence and length.
‘Green Glow’ Skin-fermented Sauvignon Blanc
Deep gold in colour. Vibrant fresh pine and lemongrass on the nose with more subtle hints of lavender, violet and lanolin. A delightful cleansing astringency on the palate with great
intensity, opulence and length.
The dichotomy of red-like structure and white-like aromatics make these wines a fail-safe match for most summer foods – from barbecued meats with spicy marinades, to tapas-style sharing plates to vibrant salads. Instead of reaching for Rosé, why not try something Orange?