Pig in the House Organic Chardonnay 2016

I still rather like this label design.  The “Pig in the House” is an organically grown chardonnay from Cowra in New South Wales.  In the glass, there are aromas of lemon and meal.  The palate is mid weight, the length good, the acidity racy and refreshing and the flavours youthful reminding of lemon and nectarine. […]

Gardners Ground Canowindra Organic Shiraz 2013

This is a spicy shiraz from Gardners Ground in Canowindra, in mid central New South Wales west of Orange.  In the glass, there are distinctive pepper and rosemary bush aromas.  The palate is full bodied, ripe and flavoursome with a warming finish and some bitterness.  Rating: Acceptable to Good. Abv: 14%. Price: $20. Source: Sample.

Organics that are inorganic

An interesting anomaly of organic viticulture is its treatment of copper.  Gladstones in Wine, Terroir and Climate Change (2011, Wakefield Press) summarises it well at p89: ‘Organic’ viticulture, as it has been formally defined, authorises only traditional forms of disease, pest and weed control, using products deemed to be natural and eschewing all that have been artificially […]

Poggerino Chianti Classico 2013

This is an excellent release of Poggerino’s Chianti Classico, a producer I have returned to again and again over the years.  The estate is organic and has only 11 hectares under vine.  The 2013 vintage tasted here reminds of why I liked the producer in the first place.  And despite my musing the other week […]

Poggiotondo Organic Chianti 2014

Organic Chianti.  Not something I’ve seen before, I think, but why not.  The aromatics are pleasingly typical of sangiovese in its Chianti guise.  Dust, earth and ripe black cherries.  The palate is mid weight, textural and savoury.  Lovely Chianti for $20. Rating: GoodAbv: 13%Price: $20Vendors and website: http://www.poggiotondowines.comTasted: 2016

Lowe Organic Zinfandel 2012

An Aussie zinfandel.  Now, you don’t see too many of those.  It’s the same variety used in Primitivo in southern Italy.  I recall from my earlier WSET studies being presented with archetypal zinfandels from the Napa Valley – 17%abv and full of spiky chocolate and raisins.  Too much.  Then while over in North America, I […]

Lowe Tinja Preservative Free Organic Shiraz 2015

I was fully prepared not to like this wine, expecting it might be more about being preservative free, than about being good wine.  Not so though.  I loved it.  Like walking into a winery, it has fresh, estery aromatics of blueberry and cherry.  Almost Beaujolais like.  The palate is not so much about depth or […]