This month’s limited-edition Broadsheet Wine box features six of the best natural and lo-fi drops from around the country. They’ve been chosen by Icebergs’ Maurice Terzini, who has a passion for “zero-waste, local producers, and a good time”.

Lo-fi and natural are wine terms that are often thrown around but what do they actually mean? We spoke to some of the producers behind Terzini’s box for a refresher on these methods of winemaking. And while there’s no single definition, their answers give insights into this approach to making vino.

John Nagorcka, Hochkirch Wines
[Natural wine] is a much-misused term, but the most reasonable definition starts with grapes grown using biodynamic or organic methods (meaning without synthetic inputs), vinified without any additives and without the use of intrusive technology. The things excluded from that definition are those [additives] used to compensate for a lack of balance in soil, fruit and wine. Hochkirch adopted the biodynamic method in 1999. We’ve done this not because we sought to produce “natural wine’” but instead, to produce wine undistracted in its expression of our terroir (referring to all the elements of producing wine in a vineyard).

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Variety included in the Broadsheet Wine box: 2021 Hochkirch Rose

Mark Matthews, Mount Macleod
I think the essence and starting point for natural, lo-fi and minimal intervention wine is organic [farming], or at least low-intervention viticulture (the cultivating and harvesting of grapes).

Lo-fi techniques [help tell the] full story of a harvest [and its vineyard]. A redacted version of a harvest might make [more] sense for commercial wines targeting consumers who don’t want to think too much about what they are drinking after a long day. Good minimal-intervention wines give consumers the chance to … [learn about] the season [it came from], the place it grew, and the growers’ choices along the way, and this is what makes them potentially one of the most fascinating beverages around.

Variety included in the Broadsheet Wine box: 2021 Mount Macleod Pinot Noir

Ben Gould, Blind Corner
Our philosophy has grown out of our desire to express the vineyard we spend so much time nurturing. The best way to [do this is] by adding nothing and taking nothing away.

According to London’s Real Wine Fair, for a wine to be considered natural, grapes must be hand-harvested, farmed organically and/or biodynamically, and produced with no winemaking additives (for example, yeasts and vitamins), except for low levels of sulfites. There must also be no ‘heavy-manipulation’ (lots of intervention), sterile filtration (elimination of bacteria) or pasteurisation (heating to a constant temperature), and [they are mostly] unfined or unfiltered.

Or, if you’re going by the Vin Methode Nature – a label approved in France – natural wines must be certified organic, harvested manually and fermented with natural yeast. No additives (except sulphites) and no “brutal” processing aids during production are allowed.

Variety included in the Broadsheet Wine box: 2021 Blind Corner Orange in Colour

Maurice Terzini’s Broadsheet Wine box is available now for $160 until July 5. Or subscribe and get $40 off your box (and save $10 every month after).

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