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Worlds Apart King of the Beach

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Vintage: 2023
Region: McLaren Vale, Australia
Viticulture: Organic
Grape varieties: 100% Nero d’Avola

Worlds Apart King of the Beach is an umami, nori, rose petal, blood orange party at the beach. Slightly chewy, with bold, Italianesque tannins and an Alpine herb component. There is a tug-of-war between tension and softness, with a “ripe and fleshy” theme.

Song: King of the Beach by Wavves

Additional information

NATTINESS

Super Natty

FRUIT

Black Currant, Blackberry, Blood Orange

BODY

Medium-bodied

ACIDITY

Bright (Medium-High)

ALCOHOL

12-13%

OAK

Neutral Oak

TANNIN

Strong

SWEETNESS

Dry

SULFUR

Low Sulfur (less than 50mg/L)

SERVING TEMP

Room Temperature (63°–67°)

VEGAN

Vegan

IMPORTER

Vine Street Imports

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ABOUT THE PRODUCER

About Worlds Apart King of the Beach

Worlds Apart King of the Beach is an umami, nori, rose petal, blood orange party at the beach. Slightly chewy, with bold, Italianesque tannins and an Alpine herb component. There is a tug-of-war between tension and softness, with a “ripe and fleshy” theme. Fermentation was carried out with half whole clusters and half crushed grapes, and after 14 days of daily foot trodding to build Italian-esque tannins, the wine was pressed from the withered clusters. The wine aged for 3 months in neutral oak, and then bottling followed with just a touch of sulfur. No filtering or fining.

“Let the sun burn my eyes
Let it burn my back
Let it burn through my thighs
I’ll feel wide, wide open
You’re never gonna stop me…
King of the Beach”

With this Wavves melody stuck in his head, Louis set out to make a fun win that is easy-drinking and delicious, like something you’d want to sip on the beach in your birthday suit. With Nero d’Avola from the Leask Family’s Sand Road vineyard, he succeeded. It’s a fun wine, but the grapes are grown with extreme care. “This is an absolutely stellar site for this variety, managed so thoughtfully and carefully with emphasis on regenerative agriculture and biodiversity,” says Louis. The 2023 vintage saw only 50% whole-bunch fermentation as, opposed to 100% in prior vintages, which means slightly less stem spice and a more ripe and fleshy style.

About Worlds Apart Wines

Louis Schofield spent a decade working in fine wine retail and as a sommelier at some of the world’s best restaurants, such as Jock Zonfrillo’s acclaimed Orana in Adelaide. He was happy in that world; winemaking was never part of his plan. As he put it, “There are enough people making shitty wine without me doing it too. But it was really Taras [Ochota] that gave me the confidence to have a crack.”

Indeed, it’s one thing to love wine, and another thing entirely to make it, but training under Taras was a surefire choice. Worlds Apart Wines was launched in 2017 by Louis and his fiancé, Hannah Jeffrey, with the simple goal of making thoughtful wine that tastes good. Their wines would technically be considered natural, with no additives but minimal sulfur, but they don’t get hung up on dogma. “We definitely aren’t trying to reshape perceptions of wine,” Louis says. “We’re trying to draw on the best parts of ‘natural wine’ and whatever it is you call the other kind of wine, to make wine that is pure, vibrant, speaks of place and variety but most importantly is yum.”

Louis’s makes light to medium-bodied wines from Southern Australia, inspired by great Burgundies and “cult producers” from Europe and Australia. The handful of varieties he works with, ranging from Nero d’Avola to Riesling, allows for some insurance in the event of bushfires, an all-too-common occurrence these days, and it gives Louis many different canvases on which to paint. His wines represent the best of Australia’s lighter, easy-drinking sippers.