L’Orange du Moulin Natural Orange Wine 2017



One of the most interesting, and enjoyable, things we’ve tasted in years.

Experimental and dedicated écologiste winemakers Franck and Véronique Terral are one of the first to produce an orange wine in Bordeaux, this 2017 vintage, of just 500 bottles, the first they made.

It’s a 50/50 split between Sauvignon Blanc and Sauvignon Gris, made naturally — organic grapes, hand-picked and fermented naturally in native yeasts with no additives, sulphur or other interventions whatsoever. Orange wine is white wine made like red wine, the orange-amber colour coming from extended contact with the skins and seeds (45 days in this case), imparting colour, tannins and phenols more normally associated with red wines.

This is very different but we absolutely adored it on first sampling. It is pale amber in colour, clear at the rim and with fine golden tears after a swirl. The nose is an unusual combination of autumnal aromas, bruised apples, toasted almonds, burnt butter and even a hint of hops, almost amontillado sherry-like. The palate though is most remarkable, a firm, dry, minerally texture that coats the mouth and, flavour by flavour, reveals dried fruits, nuts, honey, fig and citrus characters, with a refreshing bone-dry, piquant finish.

Serve lightly chilled, 8-12 degrees rather than straight out of the fridge, and enjoy as an aperitif or after dinner drink with a cheeseboard or savoury dessert.

  • Dry, savoury, complex
  • 750ml
  • 13.0% Alcohol
  • Cork
  • Drink by 2024
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Producer: Château Moulin de Peyronin

Franck and Véronique Terral bought the small 20 hectare Moulin de Peyronin estate in 2006, after respectively completing viticulture, oenology and commercial wine studies in Libourne-Montagne agricultural college (wine school!). They live on the property with their two daughters, situated in the beautiful Dordogne valley, east of Saint-Émilion.

The 14 hectares of vines are fully organic since the previous owner converted them in 1975, and the Terrals have since converted to biodynamic status in 2018, with the 2019 vintage the first fully Demeter certified. Plantings are 80% red grapes, 20% white, with Merlot and Sémillon dominant along with Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec and Sauvignon Blanc.

Demeter’s biodynamic certification requires biodiversity and ecosystem preservation, soil husbandry, livestock integration, prohibition of genetically engineered organisms and viewing the farm as a living 'holistic organism'. For Franck and Véronique this means the use of green fertilisers like mustard and faba bean, the use of herbal teas and plant purines, the planting of hedgerows around the vines to stimulate fauna and inviting sheep into the vineyards for weed control.

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