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 wacky blends to some rarely-seen varieties, you'll get to see some of the best Australian examples of the style in this pack alongside some great examples from other corners of the world.
Great value and the perfect place to start exploring the delicious world of skin contact white wines.
2020 Poppelvej Aeventyr Gewurztraminer
The Poppelvej Aeventyr is a bang-on example of Gewurztraminer in skinsy mode.
The fruit hails from the K1 vineyard in the Adelaide Hills. Winemaker Uffe let the wild ferment kick for three weeks on skins before pressing. You can see plenty of examples of orange Gewurztraminer that go a little over the top, with the aromatics becoming overly floral and exotic, this somehow maintains its freshness and brightness without becoming a caricature.
This is spicy, dry and refreshing. Such a fun-loving example of the orange wine style, perfect for those new to skin-contact wines.Read more about 2020 Poppelvej Aeventyr Gewurztraminer
2020 The Hermit Ram Skin Fermented Sauvignon Blanc
The skin contact white wines from The Hermit Ram are perhaps what this off-beat, cult producer is best known for.
This is Sauvignon Blanc that spent six weeks on skins before being pressed, that amount of skin maceration is really pushing the limits with this variety.
Looking for a classic Kiwi Sauv Blanc, you better run the other way.
This skinsy, savage Sauv Blanc has some bite.Read more about 2020 The Hermit Ram Skin Fermented Sauvignon Blanc
2020 Havilah Skinsy Pinot Gris
Pinot Gris in its natural state here from young gun, Ricky Evans.
This wine took many months to put together. Two parcels of fruit came into the winery. One batch he treated much like his Pinot Noirs, with a week on skins and being pressed off to barrel before fully finishing its primary ferment. The other parcel sat on skins for seven months before being pressed off and blended with the other parcel. Skin-contact winemaking at extremes here from Ricky.
It's a cracking wine - bright, floral, and frisky is the order of the day.Read more about 2020 Havilah Skinsy Pinot Gris
2020 Testalonga Baby Bandito Stay Brave Chenin Blanc
Tangy, herbal, spicy, a touch grippy, this is a fascinating SA Chenin Blanc from natural wine royalty Testalonga.
Organically farmed, the fruit spends twelve days on skins, developing citrus, orange peel and floral flavours, and is full of youthful, perky acidity.
Tiny amounts imported, move quickly...Read more about 2020 Testalonga Baby Bandito Stay Brave Chenin Blanc
2020 Smokestack Lightning Pinot Gris
The Smokestack Lightning wines from Dave Macintosh are interesting takes on white varieties made with some portion of skin contact and as little intervention as possible.
They are pure expressions of vineyards with amazing vitality. A cleaner, more grown-up version of the amber wine scene, you might say.
The SCPG (Skin Contact Pinot Gris) shows almost more in common with a Rosé than a white. The natural blushed pink tones of the Pinot Gris skin really getting a chance to shine in this release.
This version spent 11 days on skins then hung out in a barrel for a while to really hit its straps.
It's a voluptuous version of the variety which doesn't compromise on freshness. It's excellent drinking all round.Read more about 2020 Smokestack Lightning Pinot Gris
MV Brave New Wine Doppelganger
Doppelgänger is another quirky yet delicious creation from the lovely Yoko and Andries over at Brave New Wine.
After varying degrees of skin contact on each variety through ferment, Riesling, Gewurztraminer, Pinot Gris, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc and Vermentino are aged in a combination of old barrels and ceramic eggs under a thin veil of flor.
There's uber amounts of skinsy texture here. A faint nuttiness and something like kombucha. Served blind, this would be a very difficult wine to put your finger on. The tannins are tight, the acid is mouth watering, the volume of fruit is ample to all the winemaking thrown at it.
It certainly won't be fore everyone, but it is a truly interesting drinking experience.