Renegade London Wine 'Kyra' 2019 Sauvignon Blanc
Grapes grown in Bordeaux, France
Wine fully made in London, UK
Grape variety: Sauvignon Blanc
Hand harvested then shipped by Renegade in refrigerated trucks at 2˚C direct to the London winery
Dry. Crisp, Zesty, Minerally, Tropically, Savoury. Fresh and approachable.
So, Kyra is a clean, fresh, Sauvignon Blanc. If you drank 'Michael' from our 2018 vintage, this Sauvignon is from harvested the same vineyard in Blaye, Bordeaux. It is not called Michael again for one main reason. The winemaking is different. The yeast strain used to ferment this wine has changed. This is one of the few wines, we add a yeast to the freshly pressed juice. Most of our wines use naturally present yeasts (think sourdough). With this wine, however, we wanted a clean, crisp, innovative style of Sauvignon so we used a yeast developed in South Africa in collaboration with an Australian University. We wanted to add a touch of New World to brilliant Old-World grapes.
It is a hard wine to place style wise. It is a little like a Sancerre, but with an element of South African/NZ Sauvignon added to the mix. Not crazy tropical, but not as subtle as many French styles. My mum thinks it is the nicest wine we have made to date. It is one of our slightly more classic, universally likeable wines. Hard to find a hater for this one. Not very divisive.
Fermented in temperature controlled stainless streel tanks. Minimum added sulphur, filtered, no fining. No oak.
Kyra is 29 (as at the 2019 vintage), she is from Filipino origins but grew up in Hong Kong. She now lives in Hackney and works for a record label. You may spot her wandering the streets of East London eating and drinking her way around town!
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.
Please be aware that this product is unfiltered/unfined and may therefore be cloudy or contain some sediment.
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.