Organically made – Quality driven

by | Feb 8, 2016 | Opinion

Biodynamic and Organic wine producers have “upped the ante” when it comes to quality wine production. At the recent Which Wine tasting, the panel confirmed the vast improvement over the past couple of years.

Differentiation of organic and biodynamic, was a bone to chew and all thanks to the new legislations that have ensure that production is followed to the tee.

Higgo Jacobs, Chairman of Which Wine:

The wines have really improved over the years in quality. Though some of the wines showed a bit of overworking in terms of vinification, the market segment was probably the reason for such action. Most of the wines showed clean and amazing fruit, especially the entry level wines. Amazing wines, great selection displaying the increase in quality across all market points.

Fiona McDonald, Wine writer and judge:

The line-up of wines was great, it was a quick and straight forward. No dogs and no having to carefully phrase negative comments, which was just unbelievable. As initial noted, the quality of these wines has increased and that may probable be linked to the increase in legislation on production methods within this category.

Rudiger Gretschel, Head Winemaker, Vinimark Wine Company:

Having been in organic winemaking industry for over 15 years, one would expect me to know these wines by taste. I could have easily guessed five of them, but two of the red wines got me off-guard. This can be attributed to the maturity and better understanding of organic winemaking principles from the winemakers. Quality-driven wines have really uplifted the segment and listings in restaurant has provided the much needed consumer awareness.

List of wines

  1. Reyneke Reserve White 2014
  2. Laibach The Ladybird Red 2013
  3. Avondale Anima 2013
  4. Laibach The Ladybird Chardonnay 2014
  5. Reyneke Vine Hugger Merlot 2013
  6. Joostenberg Klippe Kou Syrah 2013
  7. Woolworths Stellar Winery Diving Hawk Shiraz 2015

For ratings, tasting notes and more information on the wines tasted for the February Which Wine edition, please click here.

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