I've finished the case supplied Naked Wines and I’m suitably impressed. I got a wide range of varietals from the main wine producing regions and there wasn’t a disappointment amongst them.
Detailed tasting notes are up on Adegga and as I’ve tasted the wines I’ve also put my thoughts up on the Naked Wines site.
Two of the wines stood out for me for different reasons.
The Klein Riesling is a great wine to give to someone who thinks all German wines are sweet. It really is a very good German riesling.
The Arabella was quite a refined wine. It could so easily have just been another blockbusting shiraz from a hot climate but the addition of the cabernet sauvignon and merlot gave it structure and balance and made it a wine to be appreciated rather than just a decent wine to have with a barbecue – or should I say “braai” as its from South Africa. Well worth the money.
Naked Wines have made it through as finalists in the Orange Innovation award as part of the National Business Awards. It looks as though this is in recognition of their innovative approach and "breaking the mould" in buying wine fron producers and supplying wine to consumers. The nomination reads as follows:
The company supports independent winemakers from around the world, investing in them in return for preferential prices which are then passed onto customers. Its proving to be a highly successful business model with huge potential for profitable growth - hence their nomination today alongside all the other finalists who so richly deserve to be named and celebrated. In today’s uncertain market, bravery, energy and creativity are needed more than ever.
A good summary of what they are all about. Would I buy from them - absolutely!