Let the adventure begin with the release of the newest 2020 vintage of Biokult Naken natural wine. Cutting-edge Naken skin contact white is currently one of our top-selling wines across the country. Consumers delight in its deliciously funky nature, and as with all natural wines, every vintage takes on a whole new dimension. We asked Master of Wine candidate Phillip Anderson to let us know his take on the latest iteration of this ever-evolving natural wine that will surely continue as a best seller.
Naken might be your beer loving friend’s new favorite wine
By Phiilip Anderson, DWS as published in his blog Real Men Drink Rose’
It seems like everyone has that friend who is a beer fan & you just can’t get them onboard with wine. Naken natural wine by Biokult might be the solution. This is the second vintage of this wine & it improves upon the first in almost every way.
The previous vintage had just a hint of fizz to it. It made for a quick sparkle when it was opened & then gave a bit of lift on the palate. The 2020 vintage is much frothier. It doesn’t have the continuing fizz of a sparkling wine, but it almost gives the wine a frothy head like a beer.
The first thing I noticed on the nose was a yeasty note. This was followed by citrus, orange peel, & nice floral notes. Fans of high-quality Belgian wheat beer won’t have any trouble seeing how those aromas come together.
This is not the wine for people who want a traditional Chardonnay or Sauvignon Blanc, but it is absolutely delicious & I want to drink more of it. This has the acid to pair well with food & I think might work great with grilled chicken. It’s from Austria, so pairing it with Schnitzel, the national dish of Austria makes total sense.
The wine is made from 90% Pinot Gris (AKA Pinot Grigio) & 10% Muskateller grapes that are certified organically grown. It is a skin fermented wine, frequently called an orange wine, although the color is somewhere in the ballpark of a wheat beer. The grapes are initially treated like red grapes. They are fermented on skins for several days. This gives color to what would otherwise be a white wine. It also provides a little structure that comes across as mouthfeel rather than tannin. No yeast is added since there is natural yeast on the skin of the grapes. The wine also naturally goes through malolactic fermentation, which converts the green apple acid of ripe grapes to the softer creamy notes of lactic acid. The wine was bottled before 100% completing fermentation. The final fermentation occurred in the bottle. Since the CO2 created during this final fermentation had no where to go, it remained in the bottle & that’s what gives you the fizz when it is poured. It also means that there might be a little sediment in your glass if you get the last pour. That won’t bother your beer drinking friends if they drink bottle conditioned beer. If they only drink Coors, they might be a lost cause anyway. The wine clocks in at 11%, which makes it light enough for enjoyment at an afternoon barbecue without putting you out for the evening.
Naken is a project of four small family-owned vineyards in the Burgenland region of Austria. The wine retails for around $20 for a 750ml bottle. I recently wrote about how natural wines needed to prioritize quality rather than just shouting that they are natural. This is a great example of making something different with a familiar grape that is still delicious.
On second thought, maybe you shouldn’t introduce this wine to your beer drinking friends. They’re just going to drink up your supply!
Naken natural wine is a high-quality, hand-crafted organic skin contact white wine, vinified by winemaker Angela Michlits and her husband Werner: “Organic wines represent the most authentic origin.”
Naken (the word for naked in Swedish, referring to Biokult’s “naked” production methods for the wine)
Dry farmed wine without any irrigation
Natural wine with low content of SO2
Wild yeast fermentation – no inoculation
Without filtration, can contain slight deposit of sediments and/or crystals
No additions, no treatments
Natural CO2 from fermentation
Biokult Naken Wine Production
Following historic traditions, the grapes are processed as they would be for red wine, fermented on the skins for 5-10 days. The result is a beautiful and delicate color with a higher concentration of tannins and structure along with a creamy body style. The wine’s tart acidity and bright citrus flavors combine for an energetic glass. The wine’s acidity works alongside lighter entrees such as Chinese dumplings, while its structure stands up to bolder dishes such as spicy short ribs.
Biokult follows low intervention principals in wine making, with spontaneous fermentation from indigenous yeast and natural malolactic fermentation. The wine has a small content of CO2 remaining after fermentation that keeps the wine fresh and adds natural effervescence to the wine while also protecting against aging. Naken is sealed with a crown cap to keep in the natural goodness. This wine is unfiltered and may contain natural sediments. At 11% ABV, Naken is quite quaffable and a perfect match for a sunny day or a casual meal with friends.