Origin: Harcourt, Victoria, Australia
USNW Classification: Natural
Varietal & Type: Syrah
To be perfectly honest, a long-term goal of this shop is to promote local craftsmanship, to limit our carbon footprint, and reduce our reliance on imported wine to be valuable one-stop wine-shop. Australia is not the first place we look towards for wine. But in a lot of ways it should be, as they might be a decade ahead of the US as far as embracing organic practices and producing natural wine that is unique to its regions. And also making it as fun as hell. We can learn a lot from down under. This wine in particular is so delicious that you won't want to the bottle to end. Here is some tech:
About as light on its feet as Aussie Syrah comes, this chillable red is packed with bright plum and cherry. Still, that Syrah savoriness we love definitely isn't missing; leather and herbs join the fruit party.
Picked at only 21.8 º Brix to really focus on acidity and freshness, this Syrah comes from Analog's dry farmed Harcourt vineyard, currently under conversion to biodynamics. The vineyard sits on decomposed granite soils at 400m.
Whole clusters go through 6 days of carbonic maceration before being pressed into stainless to slowly finish fermentation (after around 3 months). The wine is bottled unfined, unfiltered, and with an addition of 20 ppm sulfur.
About The Winemaker
"From Harcourt in Central Victoria, Australia.
A mathematician and part-time restaurateur, Andy was first exposed to natural wines through Clever Polly's in North Melbourne and things were never quite the same again. From the first taste, he was obsessed with skin-contact orange wines and ancient Georgian winemaking techniques.
The lure of the Jura soon took over with Poulsard, Trousseau and Savagnin being slurped and posted to Instagram with clockwork-like regularity. Naturally, posters of Robinot and Ganevat adorn his bedroom walls. So basically another over-40's-hipster-stereotype inner-city-dwelling foodie who rides a Onewheel and chills all his reds and of course only drinks cloudy whites. It goes without saying that fizz itches are scratched exclusively with pet nats, the chewier the better.
All additions are avoided 'cause they're bad and wine should be alive; he asks sommeliers pretentious questions about vineyard farming and frowns when he talks about glyphosate which is never referred to as Roundup. Cause that stuff is bad too and probably causes cancer, but salami and T-bone steaks are totally fine. Definitely not a hypocrite, he loves Datsuns, denim and the 80's. A vintage fashion collector, one day he hopes to make good wines.
Check Andy out on Instagram @andys_brrrmmm_gt ...and learn the answer to meaningful questions like "how far away can you go and still be dancing with me?"
Tina is far too busy to write a bio but her contribution to the making of Adaption wines is immense. She is many, many things including supermum, superhottie and the best wife going around. She also established and runs her own fashion agency Lady Ranger."
US Natural Wine ships once a week, every Wednesday. All orders should be placed by Tuesday at 10am in order to be picked up from our distributors and out on Wednesday's delivery truck.
Shipping cost is 18 bucks a box (up to 12 bottles) so we highly encourage picking up more than 1 bottle for the best value!
At $18, we have some of the most competitive shipping rates compared to other low-intervention wine e-commerce, which can range from $20-$25 a box. Ultimately, we eat the cost of shipping more often than not because wine can be damn heavy. As a small business, we are simply unable to offer free shipping. We can't thank you enough for your understanding!