6 of our favourite natural wines for all the low-sulphur lovers out there. Chosen from the Quality Wines shelves.
La Tour Grise Zéro Pointé Ze Bulle
This 100% Chenin sparkler from the Loire is made using only biodynamic fruit, and made sparkling by the CO2 from the fermentation being captured in a giant balloon and reintroduced to the wine before bottling (really!) Deliciously rich and honeyed, this is fizz for hedonists!
The wild white
2017 Cepa Pura Fernão Pires Unfiltered Quinta do Montalto
The “Uncondemned” is a wine made by a man in his 80s, from Fernao Pires on century old vines. The wine is made in the traditional medieval methods of the area of Ourem, and feels like the kind of wine that the traders of the time would have enjoyed at a banquet – characterful and generous, with flavours of salt-baked pineapple and sage
The crisp white
2017 Tetramythos, Roditis Nature, Patras
A Quality Wines staple. From the Peloponnese, this natural white made from Roditis – meaning “rose” – is as crisp as they come; with bright notes of fresh green apple and bergamot. Thoughtful, aromatic and seriously versatile.
2018 Piquentum Malvazija
An orange wine, made from the local varietal of Istrian Malvazija, and vinified in a Mussolini-era concrete water tank! The wine gives a real sense of place – golden tones, quince, sage; and a truly moreish spice and salinity.
The great-on-its-own no-food-needed red
2019 Ollieux Romanis Lo Petit Fantet d’Hippolyte Corbières Blanc
A truly comforting zero-sulphur Corbieres; with generous dark cherries, lashings of cracked pepper and winter warmth emanating from within. The wine’s label was designed by its namesake – the winemakers son, Hippolyte. Aww.
The light(ish) red
2019 "Uivo Renegado" Vinho Tinto, Folias de Baco
Made from upwards of 25 different varietals in the Douro, both red and white, this is a “palhete” for the 21st Century – bright, red fruited (think raspberries and rosehips), refreshing, and rewarding!