Mark Warner and Alicia Basa with their pup Dude. (Photo: Tess Bryant)

Natural Wines from Australia! 

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We are delighted to share the American debut of the superlative and truly natural wines from Mark Warner and Alicia Basa from Borachio and Alex Schulkin and Galit Shachaf from The Other Right in the Adelaide Hills. Both wineries are part of a (very) small group of producers who are working completely sulfur-free and - most impressively - with exclusively organic fruit. The latter is a difficult thing to do in a country where (much like California) land is prohibitively expensive and access to choice vineyards is based on a lottery system or seniority (how long one’s winery has been established).

For Warner and Basa, their foray into making natural wines with organically-sourced fruit came after working with their friend James Erskine at Jauma Winery in Adelaide. The couple told us during their recent trip to New York that they simply enjoy making things and having control over decisions in the vineyards and the winery is important to them. Photos of the Mount Compass and Carey Gully vineyards show tall grass, herbs, and wildflowers growing wild between the rows. This is a stark contrast to the bare, “English garden” image shown in every Australian wine atlas. Their wines are every bit as whimsical as their labels suggest. Experimental mash-ups like “Flat Out” contain a field blend of white and red varieties directly pressed and fermented in tank for the most sublime result of snappy vin de soif. But for all that sediment swirling around, the wines are remarkably pure. Mark admits he’s a bit of a neat freak in the cellar and strives to make natural wines that are both clean and fun to drink. Imagine! These are wines that we are excited to support and we’re eager to see what comes next from this duo.

Alex Schulkin and Galit Shachaf make up the family winery, “The Other Right.” Like for many of us directionally-challenged folks, telling our left from our right can be tricky at times, so Alex offers this phrase to Galit when she needs navigational help. As their website says, the phrase also stands as an alternative way of doing things – like making wine free of any additives from grapes that have never been sprayed with copper, sulfur, or otherwise. We chose their wild-grown Shiraz from Sellicks Hill (a dry-farmed vineyard where the vines struggle) because of its marvelous expression of varietal character. The bottle is aptly named “Unfurl” because the warm, Rhone-like aromas do just that. The palate is lush and structured and should appeal to fans of Shiraz who wish to explore an unfined, unfiltered, and sulfur-free example. This will be a bottle to cozy up with as the weather turns colder and return to when it's time to fire up our grills once again!

We are thrilled that these rare wines have finally found their way onto our shelves at Chambers; and our fingers are crossed for more examples like these to reach our shores soon! Amanda Bowman

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Borachio 2018 Adelaide Hills "Flat Out" Rose

“Flat Out” rosé is a snappy field blend of direct-press Cabernet Sauvignon and Pinot Noir over whole clusters of Merlot, Chardonnay, Pinot Gris and Savagnin from the organic Mount Compass vineyard in the Adelaide Hills. The wine is fermented in tank then bottled unfined and unfiltered with no sulfur added. The ruby-tinged 2018 shows bright aromas of ripe strawberry, pomegranate, and lime flower. At 11% it is refreshing and drinks more like a light red with bold flavors of watermelon, tangy citrus, and crunchy acidity on the finish. Serve chilled, no passport necessary for a virtual trip to the land of sunshine. Amanda Bowman

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  • rosé
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  • $32.99

  • Organic
  • No Sulfur

Borachio 2018 Adelaide Hills "Pash Rash" Pet Nat

“Pash Rash” is 100% direct-press Pinot Noir that was bottled during fermentation with 8 grams of residual sugar (and nothing else) to become a delicious pétillant naturel. The wine’s color of electric grapefruit juice beams through the haze of sediment like the noon sun through soft clouds. Aromas of lime and zesty grapefruit pith lead to similar flavors on the zippy, thirst-quenching palate. For the adventurous: the winemakers suggest adding Mezcal for a real g’day. Amanda Bowman

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  • red sparkling
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  • $29.99

  • Organic
  • No Sulfur

Borachio 2018 Adelaide Hills "Pash Rash" Pet Nat 1.5 L

“Pash Rash” is 100% direct-press Pinot Noir that was bottled during fermentation with 8 grams of residual sugar (and nothing else) to become a delicious pétillant naturel. The wine’s color of electric grapefruit juice beams through the haze of sediment like the noon sun through soft clouds. Aromas of lime and zesty grapefruit pith lead to similar flavors on the zippy, thirst-quenching palate. For the adventurous: the winemakers suggest adding Mezcal for a real g’day. Amanda Bowman

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  • red sparkling
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  • $68.99

  • Organic
  • No Sulfur

The Other Right 2017 Adelaide Hills Sellicks Hill "Unfurl" Shiraz

From the winemakers Alex Schulkin and Galit Shachaf: "We aren't easily moved by Shiraz, but this one is really moving. [Sellicks Hill] Vineyard that has never been sprayed with anything, not even copper or sulfur. Dry grown. Cracked soil and struggling vines yield grapes that are very sensitive to picking timing - we think we nailed that this year. Essentially, it is our best understanding of this vineyard. Velvety, juicy goodness. Very lush, pretty big, in the most gentle way. Friendly generosity, purity and peace of mind that will follow you to the bottom of the bottle."

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  • red
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  • $42.99

  • Organic
  • No Sulfur