Lo-Fi Wine directors James Audas (former Noma and Silvereye sommelier) and Tom Sheer (former Love Tilly Divine and Oscillate Wildly sommelier) have officially launched The Borough Box. Available for Sydney and Melbourne, it’s a continuously evolving monthly subscription service that will focus on delivering sustainable, organic and biodynamic wines to Aussies in this time of social distancing.
As restaurants and bars are now ordered to shut and move to takeaway only, The Borough Box stands as a smart choice for those who still want to continually switch up their wine collection through the current situation.
“We’ve noticed a lot of people forced to stay at home and still wanting a slice of normality in their lives,” said Sheer. “The plan was to launch in a few months, but instead we did what we could to fast track things and bring about some excitement. Sanitised, drop-at-the door home deliveries means our communities have an easier way to self-isolate, and still enjoy some of the best wines in the world.”
Natural wines will be sourced from Australia and around the world, delivered across Sydney and Melbourne for those who subscribe to The Borough Box. Each monthly selection will be kept a surprise, with a strong focus on small-batch citiculturists and drinkability.
Expect to find easy drinking styles by Aussie favourites Good Intentions Wine Co, Das Juice, and Jauma, while European wines include Matassa (France), Lammidia (Italy), and Gut Oggau (Austria).
“Our wines are made with minimal intervention, in both the vineyard and the winery, and are at the forefront of exciting natural wine drinking,” said Audus. “Many of the wines are extremely limited by nature and likely to appear only once in the box.”
The Borough Box monthly subscription costs $180 and will feature six wines delivered to your door. That is, one or two white wines, one maceration (skin contact / amber), one rosé, a couple of reds and perhaps a sparkling — though the exact makeup will vary.
Each bottle comes with an insert explaining where it’s from, who made it, what’s in it and features tasting notes. For the first month delivery with occur every Monday (until end of April) and then from May delivery will be on the first Monday of every month. Currently available for Sydney and Melbourne suburbs only. There is no commitment and the monthly subscription can be cancelled at any time.
The Borough Box team are working closely with their warehouse and delivery folk to ensure everyone is working in safe conditions. If customers are self-isolating or would prefer a no-contact delivery service, they can request to have their wine delivered to a safe place. Delivery will be free on the first Monday of each month.