Funky Wines

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    28 products
    Aldo Viola, Krimiso - 2017 - Good Wine Good People
    Aldo Viola, Krimiso - 2017
    £42.00
    Andert Wein, Gemischter Sotz - 2021 - Good Wine Good People
    Andert Wein, Gemischter Sotz - 2021
    £24.00
    Andrea Occhipinti, Lazio Rosso - 2019 - Good Wine Good People
    Andrea Occhipinti, Lazio Rosso - 2019 - Good Wine Good People
    Andrea Occhipinti, Lazio Rosso - 2019
    £22.50
    Bedegas Tameran, Vijariego Blanco - 2021 - Good Wine Good People
    Bodegas Tameran, Vijariego Blanco - 2021
    £47.00
    Bruno Clair, Marsannay Rosé - 2014 - Good Wine Good People
    Bruno Clair, Marsannay Rosé - 2014
    Sale price £19.50 Regular price £24.50 Save 20%
    Camillo Donati, Lambrusco Rosso - 2018 - Good Wine Good People
    Camillo Donati, Lambrusco Rosso - 2018
    £20.00
    Dettori, Chimbanta Monica - 2013 - Good Wine Good People
    Dettori, Chimbanta Monica - 2013
    £20.50
    Escala Humana, Livverá Malvasía - 2018 - Good Wine Good People
    Escala Humana, Livverá Malvasía - 2018
    £23.00
    Frank Cornelissen, MunJebel Rosso FM - 2017 - Good Wine Good People
    Frank Cornelissen, MunJebel Rosso FM - 2017
    £68.00
    From Sunday Winemakers, The Beast - 2019 - Good Wine Good People
    From Sunday Winemakers, The Beast - 2019
    £25.00
    Fumey-Chatelain, Savagnin Sous Voile - 2017 - Good Wine Good People
    Fumey-Chatelain, Savagnin Sous Voile - 2017
    £33.50
    Hacienda La Parrilla, El Pinto Palomino - 2020 - Good Wine Good People
    Hacienda La Parrilla, El Pinto Palomino - 2020
    £14.50
    John Okruashvili, Okro's Rkatsiteli - 2019 - Good Wine Good People
    John Okruashvili, Okro's Rkatsiteli - 2019
    £24.00
    Joiseph, Maischevergoren Welschriesling - 2017 - Good Wine Good People
    Joiseph, Maischevergoren Welschriesling - 2017
    £35.00
    Katla, Dimon - 2021 - Good Wine Good People
    Katla, Dimon - 2021
    £33.50
    Kunin, Santa Ynez Valley Jurassic Park Natural Chenin Blanc - 2016 - Good Wine Good People
    Kunin, Santa Ynez Valley Jurassic Park Natural Chenin Blanc - 2016
    £38.00
    Magna Carta Wines, Dudlu ntombazane! Syrah - 2019 - Good Wine Good People
    Magna Carta Wines, Dudlu ntombazane! Syrah - 2019
    £26.00
    Marco Tinessa, Aglianico Ognostro - 2010 - Good Wine Good People
    Marco Tinessa, Aglianico Ognostro - 2010
    £62.50
    Osmote, Dechaunac - 2020 - Good Wine Good People
    Osmote, Dechaunac - 2020
    £19.00
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    RIM Vins i Vinyes, Contraban - 2019 - Good Wine Good People
    RIM Vins i Vinyes, Contraban - 2019
    £28.50
    Scythian Wine Co, Scythians Red - 2021 - Good Wine Good People
    Scythian Wine Co, Scythians Red - 2021
    £58.50
    Scythian Wine Co, Scythians White - 2021 - Good Wine Good People
    Scythian Wine Co, Scythians White - 2021
    £58.50
    Sete, Tropicale - 2020 - Good Wine Good People
    Sete, Tropicale - 2020
    £23.50
    Slobodne, Supermajer - 2017 - Good Wine Good People
    Slobodne, Supermajer - 2017 - Good Wine Good People
    Slobodne, Supermajer - 2017
    £30.50
    Staffelter Hof, Kiss Kiss Maddie’s Lips - 2020 - Good Wine Good People
    Staffelter Hof, Kiss Kiss Maddie’s Lips - 2020
    £31.00
    Staffelter Hof, Orange Utan - 2020 - Good Wine Good People
    Staffelter Hof, Orange Utan - 2020
    £41.00
    Vina Cotar, Cabernet Sauvignon - 2007 - Good Wine Good People
    Vina Cotar, Cabernet Sauvignon - 2007
    £45.50
    Vinca Minor,Cabernet Sauvignon & Merlot - 2020 - Good Wine Good People
    Vinca Minor, Cabernet Sauvignon & Merlot - 2020
    £40.00

    What is a funky wine?

    As you might have guessed, it’s not exactly a highly technical term. Other than highly divisive, funky wines are, broadly speaking, slightly off-piste - any that stray away from the ‘safe zone’, either stylistically (think skin contact Sauvignon Blanc) or flavour wise (like when a Chardonnay does NOT act like a Chardonnay). 

    What does it taste like? 

    Typically, a funky wine tasting profile would see a lot of brett (short for brettanomyces, a wild yeast which is often described as lending wines a barnyardy kind of smell - and often found in white Burgundy as a sought-after flavour), and yeasty aromas, and they’re quite often slightly cloudy/hazy. If you’re struggling to understand how these are good characteristics in a wine - you’re not alone! Funky flavours really are like marmite and, just as funky wines have their acolytes, there are also just as many people who will steer way, way clear. For many, ‘funky’ is the start of the slippery descent into ‘faulty’. 

    But WHY? 

    But why, exactly, are these wines funky? Well, funky wines tend to be unfiltered, which means a lot of the residual proteins left from the yeast haven’t been removed. In conventional winemaking, these elements, which are unstable, risk teetering into dissolution and introducing bacteria or fungi (like wild yeast), which could spoil a wine. Now, we’re talking about tiny, micro particles, so in order to remove them you need chemical agents, not just a fine mesh filter. 

    But - while unstable, these tiny particles are also intricately interwoven into the wine’s flavour profile, so by removing them, you’ll also be losing part of the flavour, or colour in some instances. There are plenty of different fining agents available - some better suited to reds (they leave the tannins and colour intact), others better for aromatic wines (protect delicate flavours) etc, but it’s a toss up - they will all remove some part of the wine’s unique flavour and characteristic as well as those little proteins. 

    And that’s where the funk comes in. In order to preserve the true characteristics of the wine, the liquid is often unfined. Consequently the wines are often described as more textured, with a depth and breadth of flavour that conventional wines don’t have. It also means these wines are, inevitably, more at risk of spoilage. To try and keep their wines as clean as possible, funky winemakers are meticulous about using only healthy grapes, and keeping every stage of the winemaking and bottling pristine to minimise the risk of introducing bacteria.

    Here at GWGP, we are partial to a judicious splash of funk, but we’re also believers of keeping it clean, resulting in the best of both worlds. We’ve got some wines that smell like a farm but taste like a dream, bu we’ve also got plenty in the Safe Zone. Carefully handled wines made with the utmost respect for the liquid and the plants they came from, with as little intervention as can be managed to protect the wines and the flavour.

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