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Organic Wine - in a nutshell

Organic viticulture (the cultivation and harvesting of grapes) does not use chemicals or synthetic fertilizer in the growing and production process. In the period 1950 to 1990, agriculture as a whole made heavy use of newly available chemicals to control pests and disease and viticulture was no exception.

Belief in these miracle chemicals can be understood more easily against the background of the unimaginable toll that devastating diseases like powdery mildew, black rot and Phylloxera had in the century previous. Destroying over 70% of vines in Europe and beyond, families and businesses alike lost their vineyards, livelihoods and in many cases their wine heritage. It took decades for the fear of such events to ease and in fact stringent precautions are still in place in the wine community worldwide to this day in a bid to prevent such a reoccurrence.

The life of the soil in the vineyard is fundamental to wine making and the heavy use of chemicals can result in vineyards being over fertilised, vines weakened, terroir masked and soil life compromised. People were likely unaware and or indeed unwilling to appreciate the effects that some of these chemicals would have on the environment and consequently, wine production had a significantly negative environmental impact in wine producing countries. As the possible ill effects of those chemicals on the health of wine drinkers became evident, the market for organic wines became consumer driven and change was imminent.

Organic winegrowers face the threat of disease and pests in a number of ways. Planting green cover acts like crop rotation in general organic farming, attracting insects which keep pests like the grape vine moth down and provides natural fertiliser from the mulch created therefor feeding the soil naturally. Choosing grape varieties that suit the location is critical, spacing the vines and working in a very careful and informed way now allows for sustainable grape growing.  These and low intervention practices using plant-based infusions allowable under organic farming regulation have resulted in many turning to or indeed back to organic production methods as a real and viable business model.

The wide availability of organic wines now on the market means consumers can make choices with much less effort than before and this they are doing. Good news for the organic grower and the consumer.

Sensi Ninfato Toscano Sangiovese Merlot - a full-bodied Italian Sangiovese. Fermented without the use of added Sulphites, thus limiting the amount present to less than 9 mg/l.  Currently on sale at €14.99

Matsu El Picaro - Spanish Tempranillo farmed from 90-year-old vineyards. Harvested by hand, the wine completed its fermentation in French oak barrels and aged for 3 months. Organic and biodynamic. Unfiltered and unclarified. Currently on sale at €12.99

Piedra Negra Pinot Gris - A variant of the red grape Pinot Noir, the skin of the Pinot Gris grape has a distinctive grey-ish, slightly-pink colour, hence its name. Grown at the foothills of the Andes, this is an intense and fresh wine with notes of pear and lime, aromas of quince, melon and green tea. Currently on sale at €13.99

  • Matsu El Picaro 750ml

    Matsu El Picaro 750ml

    This wine has a great robe and a profound color, an expression of its young age. It has an intense aroma in which one can find dark fruits such as blackberries and blueberries, mineral notes also appear, creating this fresh wine with complexity. In the mouth, again this dominates the fruitful sensations, perceived as a wine with body; though at the same it leaves pleasant lickerish sensations, contributed by the maturity of the grapes from which this wine is made.

    This wine is crafted solely from organically farmed Tinta de Toro grapes. All of them come from almost centenary, low-yielding vineyards planted in soils with very low levels of organic matter

    ABV: 14.5%

    €14.49

  • Estancia del Silencio Organic 2018 750ml

    Estancia del Silencio Organic 2018 750ml

    Very well coloured and bright. Monastrell brings fruity smooth warm flavours, aroma and finesse. Characteristic smooth fruit driven wine which is exceptionally easy to drink.

    Organic, bright, smooth fruit driven red. 

    €10.75

  • Emiliana Eco Cabernet Sauvignon Organic 750ml 2018

    Emiliana Eco Cabernet Sauvignon Organic 750ml 2018

    Ruby red, very complex on the nose with an intense range of fruit aromas, especially ripe strawberry, spicy notes of black pepper, mocha and vanilla. Firm, sweet, smooth palate with elegant tannins. Intense wine with an enjoyable, velvety, persistent finish. 

    Emiliana's ECO range is a very fine project that shows the direction that many in Chile would like to go, but that few are able to achieve. This Sauvignon Blanc shows that there can be real differences between what one considers normal Sauvignon and a wine that is worthy of second consideration and enjoyment. With greater intensity, layers of yellow and green flavour, this is a more rewarding wine than many other Sauvignon Blancs at the same price. A very fine wine that deserves to be commended as much as enjoyed.

    Organic & Vegan friendly

    €13.99

  • Emiliana Eco Sauvignon Blanc Organic 750ml 2018

    Emiliana Eco Sauvignon Blanc Organic 750ml 2018

    Bright, clear yellow. Fine intense floral aromas on the nose with citrus notes of grapefruit and touches of green apple. Floral and fruit notes re-emerge on the palate, accompanied by a balanced acidity and unique freshness that makes a pleasing wine for any occasion.

    Emiliana's ECO range is a very fine project that shows the direction that many in Chile would like to go, but that few are able to achieve. This Sauvignon Blanc shows that there can be real differences between what one considers normal Sauvignon and a wine that is worthy of second consideration and enjoyment. With greater intensity, layers of yellow and green flavour, this is a more rewarding wine than many other Sauvignon Blancs at the same price. A very fine wine that deserves to be commended as much as enjoyed.

    Organic & Vegan friendly

    €13.99

  • Tinedo Rioja Ja! 2018 Organic 750ml

    Tinedo Rioja Ja! 2018 Organic 750ml

    Fresh and expressive with cherry, violets and hints of spice on the flavorful finish. Certified Organic. 

    €11.95

  • Salena Organic Cabernet Sauvignon 2014

    Salena Organic Cabernet Sauvignon 2014

    Salena Organic Cabernet Sauvignon

    Grape Variety: Organically Certified Cabernet Sauvignon

    Tasting notes: Deep plum colour with purple tints at the edges. Rich blackcurrant and cassis flavours, hints of cigar box and cedar all combined with lingering toasty, gamey and vanillin notes.

    Alc: 13.5%

    €14.00

  • Salena Organic Chardonnay 2015 750ml

    Salena Organic Chardonnay 2015 750ml

    Grape Variety: Organically Certified Chardonnay

    Tasting notes: Light straw colour with a touch of green. Fresh aromas of peach, fig and honeysuckle greet. Soft full flavoured wine showing citrus peel and honeydew melon fruitiness. The texture is creamy and viscous; has a lovely lemony finish.

    Alc: 13.5%

    €14.00

  • Bee Famous Organic Rouge 2018 750ml

    Bee Famous Organic Rouge 2018 750ml

    Bee Famous Organic Merlot (75cl)

    Colour: garnet red, with purple tints
    Flavours: Blackcurrrant, Cherry, Fig, Pepper
    Taste: round, strong, fruity, well balanced, long.

    Food Recommendation: stuffed tomatoes, steak, Mediterranean food.

    Alcohol Vol: 13%

    €14.99

  • Sensi Vegante Chianti Superiore 2017 75cl

    Sensi Vegante Chianti Superiore 2017 75cl

    The Chianti Superiore VEGANTE domain SENSE is a red wine vegan. During its production, no animal products were used. The label and the cap are from sustainable production. 

    The Chianti Superiore VEGANTE comes in a pale ruby ​​red. On the nose aromas of flowers and red fruit. The red mark points by good acidity structure and perfect balance. The finish is harmonious and elegant.

    €16.50

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