About The Pack
The rise of skin contact white wines in Australia has added another interesting orange tinge to the rich tapestry of Australian wine.
From rosy Pinot Gris and spicy Sauv to some more extreme styles, you'll get to see some of the best Australian examples of the style in this pack.
Great value and the perfect place to start exploring the delicious world of skin contact white wines.
2017 Ruggabellus Sallio
If you were looking to dip your toe in the delightful world of skin contact white wines, Sallio is the perfect introduction to the style.
This is a blend of Muscat, Semillon and Riesling from arguably Australia's best producer of amber wines. With only three days on skins and a long sleep in old wood, drinkability meets complexity here at a great price.
Sallio has all the grippy textural elements that go with the style, but the feeling it leaves you with is one of lightness and freshness to the last drop.
The 2017 vintage recieved an unprecedented 94 points from Mike Bennie who dubbed it, "Wild edged and delicious. Complex, energetic, generally just darn delicious."
This is Abel Gibson's most popular offering. Stock up while you can.Read more about 2017 Ruggabellus Sallio
2018 Ravensworth Seven Months
The Ravensworth Seven Months is one of Bryan Martin's favourite wines to make. Excitingly, this year, the 2017 release is all estate grown fruit from Bryan's own vineyard in Murrumbateman.
The curious blend of Pinot Gris, Riesling, Gewurztraminer, and Sauvignon Blanc fermented on skins in ceramic egg for seven months (hence the name), with this extended skin contact adding all sorts of colour, texture and complexity.
This year's might be the best to date, a glorious mouthful of fruit that's slippery, grippy, textural and thought-provoking.Read more about 2018 Ravensworth Seven Months
2019 Brave New Wine Gewurlitzer Riesling on Gewurz Skins
Riesling is a wonderful grape that comes in all shapes and sizes. Particularly when treated like this and married to some time on Gewurztraminer skins. The volume of perfume and flavour that it brings to the table makes it a totally different beast.
This is wild fermented, cloudy, crazy white-ish wine with that extra exotic kick that Gewürztraminer and a bit of gingery, spicy character brought on from the winemaking process.
It's just an awesome expression of the skin-contact winemaking. It captures the wild floral aromatics of Riesling but with an extra level of complexity in tow.
Great stuff and a unique expression of WA Riesling.Read more about 2019 Brave New Wine Gewurlitzer Riesling on Gewurz Skins
2019 Swinging Bridge #003 Amber
This is Tom Ward's fifth go round on the experimental #003.
He's refining the style every year, the 2019 sees more smashability and a little less wildness. This is not quite as 'out there' as the earlier releases but the intent to create a textural yet vibrant skin contact white wine remains the same.
This is a blend of Pinot Gris, Gewurztraminer, and Reisling. The fruit spent four weeks on skins, all the fruit was co-fermented and then spent three months in old wood prior to bottling. No additions made during the making, the wine bottled totally unfined and unfiltered with just a little sulphur to keep it sturdy.
The Riesling is from a slightly higher altitude vineyard this year and gives the wine a spritely acid backbone which allows the textural sides of the Gewurz and Gris to shine their brightest.Read more about 2019 Swinging Bridge #003 Amber
2019 Express Winemakers L'Orange
This is a fantastic introduction into the wild and wooly world of skin contact white wines.
This Riesling fruit is from one of the more special sites in the west, the great L’enclos du Tertre vineyard farmed by Lee Hasselgrove. The fruit spent eight days on skins to pick up colour, tannin, texture and chew. The first full swing at this fun wine style from young Ryan O'Meara and he's hit it out of the park.
If you're looking to check out the 'orange' or 'amber' wine scene but don't know where to start, this is the perfect gateway drug.Read more about 2019 Express Winemakers L'Orange
2019 Yetti and the Kokonut Metro Savagnin
The Yetti and the Kokonut wines are as flamboyant as their makers. Winemakers Koen and Dave are on a mission to make wines that are sustainable and insanely delicious.
The boys have nailed this Savagnin from 2019.
A few days on skins lends a light, fluffy grip to the wine while keeping it fresh and vibrant.
This is a funky, textural and highly smashable style of Savagnin that will charm the pants off you.Read more about 2019 Yetti and the Kokonut Metro Savagnin