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Renegade London Wine 'Josh' 2019 Sangiovese

Renegade London Wine 'Josh' 2019 Sangiovese

Type Red
Grapes Sangiovese
Country/Region United Kingdom
Vintage 2019
Product number: 362280
£24.00
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Grapes grown in Puglia, Italy.

Hand harvested then shipped by Renegade in refrigerated trucks at 2˚C direct to the London winery.

Wine fully made in London, UK.

So Sangiovese is generally the principal grape used in Chianti. That famous Silence of the Lambs wine. This wine is no Chianti. Why not? Well to be a Chianti, you need to, amongst other things, grow the grapes in Tuscany. These grapes are grown a lot further south, in the heel of Italy in Puglia.

This wine was made by destemming the grapes over a wire mesh by hand. Essentially we rub the bunches and let the grapes drop through into the fermentation tank. We do this so as to be very gentle and reduce skin breakage. The grapes then start fermenting spontaneously, without the addition of any yeast - otherwise known as wild fermentation. Naturally present yeasts are already within the winery environment and on the grape skins. Think sourdough. No additions of sugar, nutrients, or de-acidification methods/any other winemaking was used to make this wine.

The grapes are left to ferment in contact with the skins (with daily manual punch downs) for nearly 4 weeks before being pressed off and transferred back to stainless steel for ageing. We also aged a small portion in new French oak barrels.

What’s the wine like? Soft, fresh, fruity, velvety, tastes of violets and nutmeg. Medium/light body/colour. Soft tannins. Gentle soft oak.

Who is Josh? Josh is a very interesting bloke. An army veteran who has overcome some pretty difficult and impressive challenges. A triple amputee due to an IED explosion in Afghanistan, Josh is an accomplished adventurer and qualified SCUBA rescue diver (yes, qualified after the accident) and also a prolific cyclist (using his arms). Just before the photo shoot for his label, he was involved in a massive bike accident in Mallorca. He went under a lorry when his wheel blew out at 25mph. This almost killed him, but he still made it to Renegade for a few photos and some vino! Good lad.

If anyone cares, this wine, like all our wines, is vegan friendly. This does not mean they wave to vegans in the street, they are just made without the use of any animal based winemaking products.

About the Winery
"Breaking The Rules. One Bottle At A Time"

Renegade London Wine is a cutting edge Urban Winery based in Bethnal Green, East London.

They do not grow grapes. They purchase small parcels of top quality grapes from around the UK and Europe, hand harvest them and race them back to London and make wine.

When they started making wine in 2016 they were copycat winemakers. They asked the growers how they should make wine with their grapes, and they did what they said. This was a mistake. They should't be copying other styles. London should be leading the charge on new wine styles, winemaking approaches and using both ancient and modern techniques.

So in 2017 they changed. Our wines change year on year and they rarely repeat a wine or style. They make around 12-14 wines a year with a total current production of around 28,000 bottles. This may sound like a lot but it's really tiny for a commercial winery. This is one of the main reasons our wines are not cheap. They try to keep them as affordable as possible but they know that they need to be worth the money.

Each label shows the eyes of a different person who lives in the UK. They may not be born in the UK, they may not have gone to school in the UK, but they're part of this country. They each form a key part of the rich tapestry that makes the UK special. As as urban winery based in London, many of the faces are Londoners. That's just how it's worked so far. Anyone can apply to be on the labels.

Crafted by world class young winemakers, Renegade makes modern, innovative, premium wines here in London. Why? No appellation rules, no tradition, no BS. Just great wine.

Top Quality. Modern Wine. Made With Love In London.

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