2021 Dormilona Orenji
Simple, honest and very delicious orange wine. The 2021 Dormilona Orenji is made form organic Semillon and Sauvignon Blanc, hand harvested then fermented on skins for two weeks in open fermenters, and a giant cement egg (qvevris) for eight weeks. After this it was pressed off to barrel and egg for full malo. Simply racked, with a touch of sulphur before bottling.
In Spanish Dormilona means ‘lazy bones.’ In the wine world however, it refers to the tantalising wines of Margaret River winemaker, Josephine Perry (who was nicknamed ‘Dormilona’ in Spain given she would always be finding a sweet spot to tuck herself into bed after those late-night Spanish dinners). Coming out of Yallingup WA, Perry is shaking up the scene of traditional Western Australian wine with her incredible range of small batch, new generation, hand crafted wines. Wines that have earnt Josephine Perry many awards including the 2016 Young Gun of Wine.
2021 Dormilona Orenji
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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