There’s no denying that there’s been a surge in popularity for wines which are kinder to the environment, our bodies and lifestyles. Which is why I have some very exciting news for you today wine lovers.
I was recently introduced to Australia’s very first ‘mindful’ wine service – Vineful – and I think it’s going to be a hit!
But firstly, what the heck do I mean by ‘mindful’ when it comes to wine?
Well, it’s quite simple really, the new Vineful wine delivery service focuses on delivering wines to your door which are:
If you’re not sure exactly what some of these terms mean, then don’t fret! I have actually covered these topics in-depth on the blog, check out my posts here:
I am yet to cover the topic of vegan-friendly wines here on the blog, but I think you all probably know what it means. Also, this recent Instagram post by Vineful explains how a wine is vegan:
Not only is this wine delivery service focused on the above, but for every 3-bottle box sold, the Vineful team will plant a tree!
How cool is that? I kind of feel like we need to drink more, what do you think?
We believe enjoying a great bottle of wine is made even greater when it’s produced with the environment and your conscious lifestyle needs in mind,” explained mindfulness and wine expert Amy Miller, one of the co-creators of Vineful.
“We have been mindful in every step of the way, from collaborating with organic and biodynamic farmers and winemakers, responsible packaging and giving back to causes that support the environment – all helping you to raise a glass to the world you want,” she added.
Vineful is part of the Cellarmasters family.
How much does a Vineful monthly wine subscription cost?
A 3-bottle box per month will set you back $89 including delivery. There’s no lock-in-contract, so you can easily skip, pause or cancel your monthly wine subscription at any point or just buy it as a one-off purchase.
I recently received a sample of Vineful to try, and I must admit, I was super impressed with not only the wine choices inside the box but the packaging too! The box is 100% recyclable, compostable and biodegradable. Brilliant!
So what was inside my first Vineful wine delivery?
Here are my tasting notes for the 3 bottles in my delivery:
Dormilona 2018 Chenin Blanc
If you haven’t yet had tried a wine from Dormilona, put it on your to-do list stat! Having lived in WA, I was lucky enough to bump into winemaker, Jo at many wine festivals in Perth to try her delicious tipples.
Dormilona (meaning lazy bones in Spanish) are a small-batch wine producer in Margaret River. They focus on producing wine from certified organic & biodynamic vineyards which have no additives, fining & very little sulphur added. They definitely go for the minimal intervention winemaking approach.
I am a massive lover of Chenin Blanc after living in WA where I was spoilt for choice. Which is why I couldn’t wait to get stuck into this vegan-friendly Chenin. Naturally, I teamed it up with some charcuterie 😉
Here are my notes on it…
Pale yellow shade in the glass with a rather floral and vegetal nose on it. In the mouth it tastes like you’re biting into golden delicious apples with a lick of candied lemon and such a smooth, nearly creamy texture to it on the palate.
Mr Spittoon and I argued over the last drop, so I guess that shows how we felt about this wine 😉
Best of Both Worlds 2018 Rosé
I am a sucker for a unique label and I loved this sun vs. moon label. This funky rosé is made from organically grown grapes in South Australia’s Monash Valley. Plus it is also vegan-friendly.
As the Vineful website says:
Borne of the belief that you should expect the best of both worlds; wines made with care for the environment and fuller more generous flavours.”
Mr Spittoon and I decided to crack into it as we were watching the latest episode of Riverdale on Netflix 🙂 Here are my notes:
Pretty pinky-peach colour on the eye with nectarine/peach, raspberries and a slice of lime on the nose. There may also be a little bit of baking spice in there. While in the mouth it has bright citrus peel acidity with juicy wild strawberry notes and a bite of savouriness.
Paxton Pollinator Preservative Free Shiraz 2018
I have had a few Paxton Wines in my time and they have always gone down so well. This McLaren Vale (South Australia) Shiraz is not only preservative-free but is also vegan-friendly and made from biodynamically grown grapes.
As soon as I poured this one into the glass, I couldn’t believe how deep and dark the colour was – you need to get a bottle to see what I mean! Here is what I wrote down about this one:
It’s a super deep, dark, virtually opaque purple-red colour in the glass. The nose is super alluring with rich plums and berry fruits, spice and a savoury earthiness to it. This blockbuster of a wine doesn’t stop there, as in the mouth its big and bold with a massive amount of fruit intensity and a lovely lingering finish.
The longer it sat in the glass and connected with the air, the more it mellowed out to become a super velvety red wine. it was simply yelling out to be teamed with a nice juicy steak or even something quite simple yet comforting like a big bowl of spaghetti bolognese.
Who’s thirsty now? All up I really enjoyed my first Vineful wine experience. One thing I would love to see them do is to include more information on the wines within the pack, while I know they are going for the minimal packaging approach to be kind to the environment, I think having more info about the stories of these wines and what makes them unique would be really great.