Sip better with Notwasted’s curated selection of minimal-intervention natural wines
Once upon a time, your wine selection was basically red or white. Nowadays, if you peruse the wine list of your favourite restaurant, you’re likely to come across a plethora of ‘new’ varieties including orange, skin contact, pet-nat and biodynamic – but what the heck does it all mean? To keep you up-to-date with cultural currency, Notwasted is here to help you navigate the wild (and tasty) new world of natural and minimal-intervention wines, and deliver them to your door.
Notwasted is the handiwork of Elliot Scali, who took a break from the fast-paced lifestyle of data analytics for a major Australian telecommunications company. With a little more space to breathe, Elliot began exploring his passion for the process of natural winemaking and became dedicated to developing a transparent retail platform that supports the makers and growers in the burgeoning natural wine industry (although it may seem like a new ‘trend’, it actually signals a romantic revival of ancient wisdom). The result is Notwasted and it’s here to help you sort the wheat from the chaff to bring you a seriously good drop – whether your hankering is for a punchy pet-nat or a refreshing rosé. At its core, Notwasted exists to tell the stories of minimal-intervention winemakers both here and abroad so you know exactly what you are drinking – stories such as James Erskine’s journey from sommelier to farmer, which has all of the hallmarks of a wine revolution, or Gianmarco Antonuzzi’s time-honoured tradition of doing everything by hand.
According to Elliot, natural wine can be a bit of an ambiguous term as it’s not currently regulated, which leaves it open to misrepresentation (you can read more about the definition here), however Notwasted’s criteria is pretty simple – it’s wine that is farmed organically with nothing added or removed apart from the occasional marginal amount of sulphur at bottling. The drops featured on Notwasted showcase the unique tastes of a time and a place, and are not necessarily made to taste the same year to year or even bottle to bottle. In short, true naturals are those that let the grapes do the talking. If you’re new to the world of natural wines, this First Timers pack is a great place to start. Keen to get acquainted with orange varietals? Orange Fantasy contains four skin contacts that are juicy, crisp and brimming with flavour or you can browse Notwasted at your leisure here.
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