Organic Wine Range
The producer of this wine is an absolute genius when it comes to making organic wines and reflecting the essence of the land on which the grapes are grown. He was one of the first wineries in the Margaret River to be Certified Organic and Biodynamic in 2017. He is an expert in Biodynamic farming techniques and making beautiful certified organic wines that reflect the land on which the grapes were grown with minimal interventions.
What are Organic wines?
There are broadly three ways you can grow grapes and make wine: conventional, organic and biodynamic – or a combination of these. In Australia, organic wines are made from grapes that have been grown organically – that is, without the use of synthetic fertilisers, herbicides, insecticides or fungicides. It’s an environmentally friendly way of producing grapes that’s all about keeping a natural balance in the vineyard and the surrounding area.
Not all wines made organically are certified organic. Certification requires that the whole winemaking process – from growing the vines to bottling the wine – is organic. Getting certified takes years and involves a lot of hard work, as well as annual audits.
Organic wine isn’t ‘natural’ wine: This is an unofficial term that typically refers to low-intervention wine made using traditional processes and few or no additives. Many of these wines are organic but not all.
Organic wine isn’t necessarily vegan: Winemakers commonly use fining agents to refine and stabilise wine, and these can be made from milk protein, egg whites, gelatin or fish (but only trace amounts remain in the final product). Vegan wines are not fined or they use earth-based agents such as bentonite clay.
Organic doesn’t automatically mean preservative-free: Under Australian certification, organic wines can contain preservatives, but the limit is about half of what can be used in conventional wines. The most common preservative is sulphur dioxide (usually labelled as ‘preservative 220’), which
Biodynamics goes a step further than organics and is all about nurturing the soil and treating the vineyard as one big living organism. It’s based on the ideas of scientist and philosopher Rudolf Steiner and follows the lunar cycle, which guides the timing of things like pruning and harvesting. Biodynamic producers also use ‘preparations’ made from manure, fermented herbs and minerals. Studies show that biodynamic soils are the most diverse in microflora and fauna.
Biodynamic viticulture has become much more common in Australia in the past few decades, although only a small proportion of vineyards are farmed in this way.