(2022) It's not the first time I've reviewed a wine packed in the innovative paper 'bottle' - made from 94% recycled paper with a recyclable plastic lining. Weighing just 83g, its carbon footprint is one sixth of a glass bottle. Grapes come from the Redbrook Estate in Essex, and the 11% ABV wine was fermented with the same yeasts commonly used in Marlborough for Sauvignon Blanc. The nose, however, is not pungently Marlborough in style; instead it is more about chamomile and gentle floral notes, some elderflower English hedgerow character and peach and pear fruit. In the mouth the Sauvignon-like, herbal twang is more in evidence, the fruit juicy and quite sweet, sitting against a core of lemony acidity. It's an easy-drinking wine, perhaps a little too sweet for some, but an interesting addition to the English table wine story. £14.99 as part of a mixed dozen. Watch the video for more information.
(2022) An interesting new wine from an historic Provence estate acquired by LVMH in 2019, and high on eco credentials. Packaged in a flat, recyclable plastic bottle weighing just 63g, the wine comes feom vineyards in conversion to organic certification, and which also houses 200 beehives. It is one of only 12 queenn bee fertilisation stations in the world. A blend of Grenache, Syrah, Rolle, and Cinsault, it is mineral and filled with small red berries. Tight and savoury, a big lemon pith core gives lots of gastronomic appeal, but theres a peach juice succulence. A saline note in the finish adds to that. Fine and rather grown-up, it's pitched at the upper end of the rosé tree at £23: a bold statement of intent. Watch the video for more information.