What better way to compile our annual top 10 wine list? 2019 Tasting Assembly alumni of course! Such a broad range of palates, and varietal preferences but tastings are there to open up a world of new flavours and styles. However, there was a commonality amongst the alumni with an appreciation of a winemaker’s hard working efforts in producing wine that is better for the environment and consumer. The final payoff? A wine that tastes better too.
Whether you’re kicking back and enjoying some much-needed downtime or you’re the one holding the fort at work, The Holiday Pack will have any festive occasion covered. We’ve chosen wines that are easy to drink, big on natural flavours and are, of course, from healthy, organically-grown, sustainable vineyards.
The commitment and collaboration of wine growers and makers towards sustainability standards shows just how serious the NZ wine industry is in protecting the long term health of the their unique and pristine environment, communities and businesses. Let’s not forget about the outcome of this commitment – delicious wine that represents their origin – and take a look at New Zealand’s Wine Regions and Varietals.
The New Zealand wine industry leads the way with their sustainable wine practices and standards. The industry is strongly committed to reducing their environmental impact. There are over 500 wine producers with 10% holding full organic or biodynamic certification, and an impressive 98% of vineyard producing areas is Sustainable Winegrowing NZ (SWNZ) certified.
When you’ve made a conscious decision to live a more plant-based life, you may also rethink what your drink. The good news is there are plenty of organic vegan-friendly wines to choose from. The bad news is they aren’t always labelled correctly. Here’s what you need to know.
In our house we don’t need a special occasion to crack open a bottle of sparkling. The big question is what type of sparkling to drink? For this year’s World Champagne Day on Friday 18th October we celebrate all types of sparkling wine. They’re made in a range of styles from red, white or rosé, different flavours and levels of sweetness and have a variety of names.
We are huge fans of Dune wines. Honest wines with attitude, intensity, balance; all with fruit from their own healthy vineyards. The Lloyd brothers have been converting their vineyard to organic to restore soil health. They see it as the way of the future but are honest about their concerns. It’s refreshing to have vignerons that are frank and honest about how they make their wines – just one more reason why we support Dune. Continue reading Rebel Wine Chats: Dune Wine’s Peter Lloyd
The Eastwell family purchased the Freehand vineyard in Denmark, WA in 2007 and immediately commenced conversion to organic and biodynamic farming. Led by winemaker Matt Eastwell and joined by Danni Saviour-Smith in 2013, the direction of the brand changed when Matt was introduced to preservative free wine by mentor winemaker Todd Faulkner-Pearce. Today the Freehand brand has a clear of point-of-difference: made with zero sulphur additions.
There is a distinctive energy and balance about these wines. Vibrant colours, intensity of aromas and powerful fruit flavours.
It’s cold and raining on a Sunday morning, coffee’s on, the heater is blasting and you have no intention of getting out of your PJs until after midday. Planning the all important dining menu for the day, you decide it’s the perfect day to have a casserole cooking slowing (who’s in a hurry?) allowing those developing aromas to fill the house as you binge-watch a new series.
Now onto the even more important wine accompaniment for your indulgent winters day. Most of us will instinctively reach for a bottle of a warming red but if you have a thirst for loungeroom wine adventures perhaps it’s time to consider some winter white alternatives.
All wine is natural or organic right? Just sunshine, grapes and yeast? There’s a bit more to it with different farming techniques and winemaking methods. We’ve put together a guide to the terminology we think you need to know for the Organic Wine category. Learn the difference between Organic, Biodynamic, Sustainable farming. Find out the difference between certification, in-conversion and practising. Have you heard about about Low Intervention, Vegan-friendly, Preservative Free and Skin Contact wines?