Nativo (The Hughes Family wines) - Amarillo 2020
Producer: Nativo (The Hughes Family wines)
Wine name: Amarillo
ABV: 12.5
Total SO2: 30

From organically farmed, unirrigated vineyards, this is made from skins leftover from Nativo’s classic white blend (if I’ve understood the tech sheet correctly!). Given that it’s just the skins from the press, it’s a damn fine wine!

Enticing aromas of tarragon, elderberry and roasted nuts. The tannins are pretty drying right now, so definitely a little more time needed. I’m reviewing this pre-release so very happy to make allowances.
What grabs me is the bright acidity, and a rustic sense of joy. If you’re mean spirited, maybe you’ll say it has a small amount of brett. Be that as it may, I think it adds fun and find it hugely enjoyable.

A fascinating comparison with the previous year (2019). Here, the addition of Chenin to the blend really seems to have turbocharged the excitement levels.

I added points for this wine, because 48 hours after I first popped the cork, it had really opened out and softened. So really great potential here, and a wine that should be drunk in 2022 or 2023, and preferably not now.