• Heard in London

Drink - La Stoppa, Ageno




If I'm honest, I'm a bit hot then cold on the organic/biodynamic/orange/the weirder the better wine scene, and always seem to be changing my mind on how I feel about them. At the moment it seems I'm going through a bit of a phase of loving them, and this complex and beautifully clean, tannic orange wine, is in fact one of the best I've tried for a long while. Despite the strange intensely vibrant orange colour on first pour, it turned out that is actually wasn't too crazy and was the perfect balance of everything a natural wine should be (without going overboard.


From Emilia-Romagna, Ageno from La Stoppa winery, is a blend of mainly of Malvasia di Candia Aromatica, with some Ortrugo and Trebbiano grapes thrown in too. It's macerated with native yeasts for thirty days, half in stainless steel and half in French barriques.

A golden orange colour, with an interesting nose of apricots, peaches, ripe apples, tea, honey and spices. On the palate an amazing richness with ripe tannins, complex juicy floral notes, apple and cinnamon flavours combined with delicate rose petals. Its lingering finish complemented with a clean and fresh acidity makes it very easy to enjoy (with or without food!).


Available from Les Caves de Pyrene