BB Review: Bodegas Aroa Le Naturel 2017
THIS IS A THIRST TRAP. LITERALLY.
We're going au naturel with this Le Naturel wine. But is stripping it back to basics actually better? Let's find out.
BOTTLE: Bodegas Aroa Le Naturel 2017 - Spain
WHERE WE BOUGHT IT & PRICE: £11.99 from Majestic
ABV & TECH SPECS: 95% Grenache, 5 % Merlot, and 14% ABV
SO, WHAT'S THE DEAL WITH NATURAL WINE?: Natural Wine is the term given to wines that have been produced by grapes that have been farmed organically, and made without adding or removing anything in the cellar. No additives or preservatives are used, and intervention in the naturally occurring fermentation process is kept to a minimum.
It takes real commitment to make wine with minimal intervention and, for many wineries, it can be full of potential danger and risk to the quality of the wine. Most winemakers simply don't have the skills or the confidence to produce natural wines.
WHAT ARE WINE ADDITIVES? Did you know there are around 70 legal additives that can be put into wine? Large brands and industrial organisations make wines that are manufactured to be stable and consistent for the consumer. In contrast, natural wine could be thought to hold more character and (arguably) more health benefits.
ABOUT THIS WINE: This wine is made by Vintae, which is located on the northern border in the Navarra region of Spain, which is covered by the mountain ranges of Urbasa and Andia. The wine is produced organically with no additives, no filtration, no added sulphur, and the least amount of intervention possible. This wine is also EU certified vegan and sustainable. We guess you could say that Le Naturel lets the grapes do the talking. Let's find out what it says...
CARO: Whilst it feels pretty easy going, there’s definitely a good booze kick to this wine, and I’m loving that subtle peppery spice it’s giving me. In fact, according to the old English stereotype of what it’s like to grow up in France, I’d say that this wine would be the ideal juice to pack in your French kid’s lunch box: juicy, tasty, nutritious (right?), delicious, but with added terroir, pepper notes and the savoury side that means it is definitely (maybe) a meal. Right? I dig it.
ANGELA: Drinking this wine continues my great Spanish wine experiences I’ve been having lately, and I cannot wait to go to Spain in 2 weeks and experience more! The Grenache in this blend is super juicy – packed full of redcurrant, plums and cherry with a little spice, and it's smooth with just a touch of grip. I actually feel virtuous drinking this! I reckon this would work being slightly chilled too. Quick, get me to the plane! I can’t wait to get to the source all these great Spanish wines!
KATE: Panda made me strip down during the tasting portion of this shoot and, to be completely honest, after pointing my lens at her bod all afternoon, I really can't blame her. As I was naked and free of any external sensory interference, save for a wine glass and pen, I felt I could really, truly, completely enjoy this wine (I'm joking here, folks. I'm capable of fully enjoying wine whilst clothed, too. Plus this is a callback to this episode!). And enjoy it I did! This wine is a beautiful deep red and smells of cherries, plums, and dark chocolate. On the palate, it's full of juicy red fruits with hints of spice and citrus rind for some added complexity. Naked or clothed, this wine gets a big thumbs up from me.
WOULD WE HAVE ANOTHER GLASS? All around wine wonderfulness for nudists and clothists (this is a thing now) alike!