In our first Local Legend feature article, we shine the spotlight fondly on the team at PnV Wine Merchants in Enmore, just a short stroll down the road from the salon.
For several years now, Mike, Lou and the team at PnV have been running the game for natural wine and specialty liquid-good-times for Sydney's inner west and the greater region as a whole.
As industry leaders they have carried the torch for the ever expanding natural wine category and opened many new and loyal recruits' minds and taste buds to a feast of exciting options.
As friends of the salon we are excited to embark on a in-salon and online partnership of an ever rotating and carefully curated selection of fine natural drops, known as Wine Selects.
The man with the deepest cap collection in the business - Mike Bennie, has hand picked four of his latest and favourite drops and attached some tasting notes to wet the whistle. Enjoy.
Aglianico is such a good variety for pet nat, lots of cherry pip, cranberry, pomegranate kind of flavours, and high acidity for piercing refreshment factor. It's zingy and crunchy, fizzy and vibrant. A thirst-slaking, guzzling wine of high interest and wild drinkability. Fun times!
From the Yarra Valley and from the grape variety pinot gris. Hi. This is a skin fermented orange-ish/rose-ish wine of immense drinkability, citrusy freshness, peachy fruitiness, light skinsy chewiness and general sense of good times. Animale is one of those ranges that leap from shelves into bags straight to home and into glass. Magic.
Ramato is the fancy Italian name for pinot gris that is fermented on its skins, resulting in a kind of orange wine-meets-rose drink. That's what's going on here. From a neat and tidy vineyard in Hilltops, New South Wales, comes this skin fermented gris that shows off with ruddy, rouge colour, aromas of nashi pear and wild berries, flavours that are similar with a really good chew and chomp to the palate. Like orange wine with a twist? Here ya go.
Shows off quince and green herb scents meshed to kohlrabi and lime juice. Sounds odd, but it works. The palate is zesty, lightly powdery-chalky in texture, pleasingly sweet-bitter in a tonic water kind of way. The drizzle of lime-squeezed-on-apple to close is the kicker. It’s a summery kind of wine but there’s more built into the feel here – a faint riff of funk you might say. We like it a lot. A lot.