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.
For the uninitiated, amber, or 'orange' wines, are essentially white wines made just like a red. Soaking the juice on the skins during the fermentation process allows a myriad of exotic flavours and aromas as well as the tactile grip and structure you might more typically see in a red wine. They are fascinating and very versatile things to drink.
In this excellent value mixed pack, you'll get to see some of the best Australian examples of the style from producers all over the country!
This is the perfect place to start exploring the delicious world of skin contact white wines. It's the best value version of this super popular pack we've ever put together. We hope you enjoy these wines as much as we do!
2021 Unico Zelo Esoterico
A real cult favourite amongst those who've tracked the Carters from the beginning: the Esoterico is the wild child of the UZ range...
With Brendan and Laura's experience with this style of wine a little richer now, the execution of this skin contact white is on another level.
Supercharged aromatics from the Zibibbo, Moscato Giallo, Gewurztraminer & Greco, with a little boost to the mouthfeel from their old friend Fiano. They've certainly nailed this recipe, and it's no wonder it's become such a cult favourite for fans of this South Australian duo.
Orange in colour and cloudy as all get out, it lives up to its esoteric name but with oodles of drinkability. That's what skinsy whites should all be about.Read more about 2021 Unico Zelo Esoterico
2021 Golden Child Tropicana Blanc
Welcome to Club Tropicana where the drinks aren't quite free but they are pretty damn good value. And there's enough fun and sunshine for everyone.
James Hamilton at Golden Child has worked wonders with the oft-derided Verdelho grape by giving it some skin contact and blending it with Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay.
The result is a poolside skinsy white, not quite amber, with tropical passionfruit, guava and lime flavours and a good ripe phenolic grip.
We wouldn't assign blame if you added a drinks umbrella to the glass.Read more about 2021 Golden Child Tropicana Blanc
2021 Doom Juice Gewurz
It feels like one day, we all just woke up and started drinking Gewurztraminer. And a little bit of Gewurz in our lives is a good thing, really. In the hands of New Wave winemakers, we've really seen just how versatile it can be.
Exhibit A: Doom Juice.
Unfiltered and unfined, this is as far from a 'classic' Gewurztraminer as you could find. Fermented to full dryness, there are heightened aromas and flavours of lychee and rose petals with mangosteen and ginger. Think beach time in the tropics and drink it on its own at sunset. You may be tempted to drink it from a coconut, but it's probably safer to pair it with any dish with coconut milk.Read more about 2021 Doom Juice Gewurz
2021 MDI Ribolla Gialla
The MDI Ribolla Gialla brings you a grape you might never have heard of, with a winemaking technique pushed almost to its limits.
Having spent six months – yes, six – on its skins, the MDI is a nod to the wines of Gravner and Radikon from northeastern Italy, but made in a more approachable style (and for a fraction of the price). Orange blossom, rose and some savoury tomato leaf mix with an intriguing and surprising blackberry character and some tanginess to deliver a delicious wine with a flavour that lingers so well.
This wine may not be for everyone, but given how delicious it is, we think you should try it anyway.Read more about 2021 MDI Ribolla Gialla
2021 Dr. Edge Tasmania Amber
We love a beautiful burger, and now we have a matching wine from the inimitable Dr Edge. It's an amber, orange, textural wine made from the obscure Schonburger variety, co-fermented with Pinot Gris.
It's skinsy wine done fun, with fruit from northern Tasmania that spent approx ten days on skins. It's fresh, chalky and fruity, a reflection of the winemaker perhaps.
Not much around of course, so jump in quick...Read more about 2021 Dr. Edge Tasmania Amber
2021 Dormilona Skinnie Sauvignon Blanc
Sauvignon Blanc is a great variety to experiment with. Winemaker Jo Perry plays around with it a bit here, pushing this Sauvignon Blanc into the realm of the weird and wonderful.
The fruit is crushed straight into a combination of amphora and open top bins, then left to hang out of skins for a full six weeks before bottling. No fining. No filtration. No adds. Just the awesome raw essence of Sauvignon Blanc.
If you're in the market for crisp dry whites, you may want to look elsewhere. But if funky, textural wines with a wild personality are your thing, this is going to be right up your alley.Read more about 2021 Dormilona Skinnie Sauvignon Blanc