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This Month We're Mainly Drinking - six great wines to drink just now - a six bottle box set

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A mixed case perfect for drinking right now…

The contents of our TMWMD case changes every month to reflect the season, the food we're cooking, and often to feature new arrivals.

Offered at a discounted price, it is six great bottles to introduce you to our world of natural wine, to encourage you to delve deeper, or for a treat to yourself or as a gift.

Subscribe and save! Guarantee a regular delivery of naturally delicious wine and take advantage of a lower price. By subscribing you'll save an additional £4 off each box set - enough to buy yourself a V60 pour-over coffee from PetitGlou to enjoy while you scan the shelves in Iron & Rose or relax after some intensive market shopping.

Subscriptions are managed by you so you decide when and how often you want to receive the case. You can take a break and pause a month or two, and you can cancel at any time. 

To coincide with 2024 being a leap year, this month's focus across Iron & Rose and GlouGlou is on 'time' - whether that's time spent aging in oak or amphora, being grown on particularly old vines or wines that are intended to be drunk young and fresh. This month's selection is loosely based on this theme but with the inclusion of a new organic prosseco to us to celebrate making it through January.

Sparkling Wine

Cantina Bernardi, Prosecco DOC Spumante Bio, Veneto, Italy

Classic Prosecco from the rolling hills of Veneto. Cantina Bernardi are forward thinking innovators with great respect for the traditional winemaking values and the land that offers its fruit. 

Organically grown, hand harvested Glera. Straw yellow in colour, intense aromas of apples and pears with floral accents. Soft yet elegant. The perfect aperitif. 

Producer - Cantina Bernardi
Country - Italy
Region - Veneto

Appellation - Refrontolo
Variety / Blend - Glera
Wine Style - Sparkling Wine

Farming - Organic    

White Wine

Funkstille, Grüner Veltliner, Niederösterreich, Austria

Everybody needs a bit of 'funkstille' or 'radio silence' in their life from time to time, and what better way to switch off to the outside world than with a cheeky glass of Grüner. This Grüner Veltliner is grown sustainably in Weinviertel in the Niederösterreich region, using their own fertiliser made from grape skins, manure and straw from their fields. 

This is a dry white with complex flavours, subtle exotic hints with citrus accents and a zippy finish.

Producer - Funkstille
Country - Austria
Region - Niederösterreich
Variety / Blend - Grüner Veltliner
Wine Style - White Win
Farming - Sustainable

Celler del Roure, Cullerot, Valencia, Spain

When Pablo Calatayud took over his family's farm and vineyards he recognised the potential of Valencia's indigenous varieties and of fermenting and maturing in tinajas (the traditional clay amphora he was fortunate to still have a cellar full of) to make more subtle, elegant wines than the (mostly American) demand for big, high alcohol, oaked wines that his family had previously made.

This wine is a blend of Verdil, a local variety that Pablo almost single handedly saved from extinction, along with Macabeo, Chardonnay and Pedro Ximenez. Bunches of all four varieties are destemmed and left to macerate on their skins before fermenation and ageing in tinaja for 6 months. A great wine pairing with a creamy white meat dish or perhaps a traditional rabbit paella.

Producer - Celler Del Roure
Country - Spain
Region - Valencia

Variety / Blend - Verdil 30% , Pedro Ximenez 30%, Others 40%

Wine Style - White Wine
Farming - Organic / Biodynamic

Red Wine

Agricola Gaia, Brich Grignolino, Piemonte, Italy

Agricola Gaia is a collaboration between Gianluca Ravizza - an agriculturist and oenologist from Asti - and Les Caves de Pyrene. Having worked and collaborated extensively with Fabrizio Iuli (a natural wine winemaker from Monferrato well known by Les Caves) Gianluca now makes his own wines in Alessandria province. The aim of Gianluca’s project is to produce regionally traditional wines by means of low intervention farming.

In the early 1800s, Grignolino was a prized grape in Piemonte and was widely planted, translating as 'many pips', owning to the number of pips in the grapes. This wine is light bodied, pale hued but with a tannic structure and had been overlooked for the now more widely planted Nebbiolo, Barbera and Dolcetto. Since, it has had something of a renaissance and is mainly found in Asti and the wider Alessandra province of Piemonte. In contrast to Fabrizio's Barbera, this is a lighter bodied fresh and elegant wine packed with red cherries. Excellent as an aperitif, with Italian cold cuts. 

Producer - Agicola Gaia
Country - Italy
Region - Piedmont
Appellation - Monferrato
Variety / Blend - Grignolino
Wine Style - Red Wine

Farming - Organic Principles

Mont Rocher, Carignan, Pays d'Oc, France

For a long time Carignan was largely dismissed as a useful but not very exciting grape variety and indeed when cropped heavily it can produce pretty ordinary wines. When the vines are older and produce smaller crops it can make wine with a great deal more character. This one is labelled Vieilles Vignes (Old Vines) - how old is old depends a bit on whether you are buying or selling - and there is lovely concentration here, red berry fruit flavours and a touch of vanilla. Mont Rocher is a small range of wines made from grapes bought from small producers and made to reflect their Languedocian origins but with a more modern twist.

Producer - Mont Rocher
Country - France
Region - Languedoc
Appellation - Pays d’Oc
Variety / Blend - Carignan
Wine Style - Red Wine

Odfjell, Armador Carmenere, Valle Central, Chile

All Chilean wines are fruity, straightforward and smell of fruit pastilles. So it can seem sometime but Odfjell’s wines have a bit more going on. Owned by the Odfjell family from Norway, also owners of ships, drilling platforms and much else, Odfjell Wines was created in the 1990’s and now has vineyards in several sites around Chile in order to match better the grape variety with the terroir. Some vineyards have been planted by the family, some were purchased, for example their 100 year old plus vines near Cauquenes. All are farmed biodynamically - organic plus in effect - and most without irrigation. They use horses to work in the vineyards, bees from their own hives plus chickens and sheep to enhance the biodiversity, keep the grass down and for pest control. The winery was designed to use gravity as much rather than pumps - kinder on the wine - and passive cooling strategies - kinder on energy use.

This carmenere has aromas of dark fruits and liquorice, with hints of black pepper and cloves. Long and refreshing finish with ripe fruit and soft tannins. Goes great with strong flavours like amb shanks or chicken madras.

Producer - Odfjell
Country - Chile
Region - Valle Central
Variety / Blend - Carmenere
Wine Style - Red Wine

Farming - Organic / Biodynamic    

This case contains one bottle of each of these wines. If any becomes unavailable it will be replaced by another wine of equal value.

Vineyard pictured - Odfjell, Chile