T.N.W.C THE NATURAL WINE COMPANY

Wine Club – October 2021

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RUFIA ROSE
Joāo Tavares de Pina, 2020
Rufete, Touriga Nacional
Portugal
Four- &
Six-bottle box!

Made with two of the classic Portuguese red varieties commonly used for port wines and that make up the bulk of João’s production, this rosé is part of his Rufia collection, or wines that are meant to be drunk young and are more fresh and lively. This one’s light but earthy, with a decent structure and strong finish.

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SIR ABRIGANS
Les Abrigans, 2020
Syrah
France
Four- &
Six-bottle box!

60% Syrah and 40% Grenache Noir from the southwest of France, macerated for three weeks, but far from heavy. Laura and Arthur, the couple behind Les Abrigans, have pushed the freshness as far as they can, with a few tannins to give the wine some texture, but mostly just very balanced spice and red fruit.

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SANT PERE D’AMBIGATS
Carlania Celler, 2020
Macabeu, Trepat
Spain
Four- &
Six-bottle box!

With citrus fruit, a little peachiness, and a long salty finish, Sant Pere d’Ambigats comes from the middle of Trepat territory near Tarragona, Catalonia, but leans in favour of the Macabeu, with an 80/20 split between the varieties, the former a red grape that received a direct press and adds structure rather than colour to the wine.

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BLANC SENSE PAPERS
Bodega Clandestina, 2020
Xarello
Spain
Four- &
Six-bottle box!

From a single parcel in the Penedès region but harvested on three separate occasions as the grapes ripened, with each batch of Xarel·lo vinified separately and undergoing increasing levels of maceration: none at all to a single day and three weeks. An orange that’s a little creamy and caramely, but soft around the edges.

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SUBA ROSA
Peluda Vinhos, 2020
Espadeiro
Portugal
Six-bottle box only!

A final farewell to summer, and a sparkling rosé with big flavours of grapefruit both on the nose and in the mouth. Made with Espadeiro, a first for the wine club, the wine comes from the north of Portugal and a project recently started by friends of friends, where the granddaughter has picked up the low-intervention approach of her grandfather.

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CALCAIRES
Le Clos des Grillons, 2019
Grenache, Cinsault
France
Six-bottle box only!

95% Grenache with some freshness of the Cinsault, made with carbonic maceration: a medium-bodied red, very refined (as you’d expect from Nicolas Renaud, friend and neighbour of the winemaking great Eric Pffiferling in the south of France), and very smooth drinking. A burst of red fruit but with a more savoury finish.

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