Starting an organic farm is really thirsty work and finding wines that are produced organic or biodynamic can be a tricky business. Each day after working on the property I head back to the kitchen to create winter warming dinners – a glass of red is a real comfort. Not only a splash of wine into a meal is necessary, sipping while cooking is compulsory.
During these past few months our household has become a wine tasting mecca. After visiting the Noosa International Food Festival, I joined in on an organic and bio-dynamic wine tasting. To my surprise they were all good. My eyes had opened at the possibility of finding Australian made wines that I believe in. Since then we have sampled new wines from around Australia instead of relying on our habit of drinking Argentinian wines.
My parents-in-law by their wine through Wine Selectors and get it mailed out to them. They never have a short supply when visiting and I was really impressed to find that Wine Selectors also have an organic range which you can view HERE. Roy and I have debated for about a year now should we join so we could get wine delivered to our door too. Living so far away from reality it is nice to know that good products can come to your door, we are still in discussion about joining.
We tried two wines Em’s Table – Shiraz 2009 and Cape Jaffa – Cabernet Sauvignon 2010. I will start with Em’s Table which is a premium organic wine which is also preservative free. Big plus for me with no sulfates or preservatives. Em’s Table was our favourite out of the two it was full-bodied with a rich oaky taste and slightly tasted of blueberries. It was light on the palate which is great for Queensland and I think I will still be able to drink it through to summer. We ate it with slow cooked beef which had a little chilli and of course a splash of Em’s Table.
The second wine was Cape Jaffa’s Cabernet Sauvignon, it had a smoky yet floral aroma and tasted of oak. It was a full-bodied wine and we ate it with lamb shops and creamy mashed potato – worked a real treat. This wine is certified biodynamic from the Limestone Coast. It was heavy on my palate and I think it would suit a cooler climate drinking occasion instead of our mild (7’c nights) Queensland nights.
DISCLAIMER: Wine Selectors provided the mentioned wines above for sampling. My thoughts of the wine and their service are my own and are an honest interpretation of my experience with them.