2019 Leeona Bianco
A brilliant Tuscan orange wine here, a special project from Michael at QuelVino, specialist Italian and Croatian wine importers.
the 2019 Leeona Bianco is organic and vegan certified, hand-harvested Malvasia 40%, Trebbiano 40%, Grechetto 20% from parcels of vines between 25 - 55 years of age grown in clay, gravel and sand soil. A massive 20 days on skins yet somehow in the mouth it's super delicious, gentle and a solid entry point for new skin contact drinkers.
Working with a winemaker out of Tuscany this wine was rated 95 points by Mike Bennie on The Wine Front.
2019 Leeona Bianco
What is natural wine?
The philosophy of natural wine is one of minimal-intervention, from vineyard to cellar. Natural wines are made using quality grapes, generally grown using organic and biodynamic practices, however vineyards may not always be certified as such due to the restrictive nature of these certification systems. Natural wines in most cases won't be filtered or fined, processes which generally involve the use of animal products.
Are your wines vegan friendly?
In almost all cases yes! Generally if you see "unfiltered and unfined" this will be an assurance that no animal products have been used in the process. The fining process is where conventional winemakers will often use egg and fish products (yep pretty gross) to remove sediment from wines. The sediment is natural, healthy and adds flavour so natural wine makers almost always leave some of it in.
Are your wines chemical free?
In most cases yes, natural wines generally use grapes grown using biodynamic or organic farming methods and will have none of the over 200 additives that can be found in conventional wines, with the occasional exception of a tiny amount of sulphur. Some natural winemakers choose to add a small amount of sulphur (SO2) to ensure their wines are less volatile, while a lot of natural winemakers believe strongly against this.
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