2018 L'Orange Natural
Resulting in natural method wine with an angelic nose and intensely complex structures. Challenge your senses, the notes are too long to list. No pairing rules.
September 29 2017
May 18 2018
John Schreiner says this: 40 Knots L’Orange 2016 ($36.90 for 126 cases). This is a blend of Schönburger and Pinot Gris, fermented and aged on the skins in a terracotta amphora. The wine is exotic, with aromas of coriander and with flavours of orange zest, oriental spices and even a hint of tobacco. It is dry and crisp on the finish. I am of two minds about orange wines but this wine’s clean flavours are quite food friendly. 90. Rick Vansickle of Niagara Wines says this: 40 Knots L’Orange 2016 Bottle #732 ($37, 90 points) — 40 Knots took Schonberger and Pinot Gris grapes and fermented and aged them on the skins in Italian terracotta amphora. Absolutely zero intervention or additives were used to make this natural wine, just patience. When the timing was right, the grapes were pailed from amphora and screened to stainless without pressing. Each bottle is numbered from one to 1,510, which is a clever thing to do since every bottle of this wine will be slightly different because of the naturalness of the way it is made. My review bottle, No. 732, had a gorgeous nose of marmalade, citrus rind, mulled apple, bin peach and tangerine. On the palate this unusual wine displays a tasty broth of fresh orchard fruits, subtle herbs and hops(!) with soft tannic structure that would pair nicely with a range of cheeses and charcuterie. 40 Knots L’Orange 2016 ($36.90 for 1,132 litres). This wine is made with Schönburger grapes fermented with wild yeast in an amphora. The wine remained in contact with the skins for three months. The wine has a lovely orange hue and aromas of mango and orange. It has flavours of orange peel and spice. The finish is dry. 90. 40 Knots L’Orange 2017 ($36.90 for 1,743 litres). This is a blend of Schönburger and Pinot Gris. Again, the wine begins with aromas of tropical fruits leading to flavours of orange peel and spice. The finish is dry but lingering. 91. 40 Knots L’Orange 2018 ($36.90 for 107 cases). The hue is more of a blush. Everything about this wine is slightly less intense – a touch less spice, a touch less orange peel, lighter weight on the palate. That is not a criticism; it seems to reflect a vintage variation. 90.