Ethical Viticulture & Sustainable Wines
The practice of biodynamics in viticulture has become popular in recent years and there are currently more than 450 biodynamic wine producers worldwide. Producing top-notch wines also means caring for the environment with sustainable management of vineyards and ethical viticulture with minimal intervention. More often than not, this allows the wine to express its personality and reflect its home.
Rather than using industrial chemicals and fertilizers, the holistic approach of biodynamic farming considers all aspects of the farm, land, plants, and people as a connected ecosystem.
In conjunction with Earth Day 2016 on April 22, Friday, we feature 5 Biodynamic wines that you have got to try.
Region: Italy, Trentino-Alta Adige
Retail Price: S$ 106.00
About the Wine: Made in open fermenters and aged in the bottle for 15 months. Dark chocolate, exotic spice and ripe plum segue to richness and thickness of texture. The length of the finish, that can be counted in long minutes, sets this wine apart. Fresh acidity will help it age over the years.
About the Winery: Today, Foradori is in constant evolution. After ten years of biodynamic preparations used in the vineyards and of constant attention to details in the winery, they have started to perceive the value of their work. Their understanding and awareness of natural cycles have been refined over many years of learning: every new season opens new horizons, every day they learn and understand a little more.
Winery Website – www.elisabettaforadori.com
Region: Italy, Soave
Retail Price: S$ 43.00
About the Wine: This blend of 85% Garganegra and 15% Trebbiano is pale lemon-green in colour, whose length and zingy acidity. The wine paints a very authentic portrait of Soave thanks to the drying mineral notes that give definition to ripe peach, pear and honeydew melon. Pairs nicely with most soups and starters.
About the Winery: Pieropan has become a benchmark of quality for the International Wine World. The company was founded by Dr, Leonildo Pieorpan in 1890. Whilst his two sons, Fausto and Gustavo took on the company and ran it with the same passion, it was the youthful enthusiasm of his grandson Leonildo that revolutionised it. Leonildo & Teresita run the company now with a winning combination of passion and competence and it is their interpretation of Soave Classico that is considered one of the finest from one of the most prestigious wine regions in Italy.
Winery Website – http://www.pieropan.it/
Region: France, Rhone Valley
Retail Price: S$ 59.00
About the Wine: Alain and Maxime Graillot’s white Crozes Hermitage, which is now bottled under screwcap for freshness, is made from a classic blend of 80% Marsanne and 20% Roussanne. It has attractive apricot and wild flower aromas and a fresh, mineral-edged palate with subtle white peach flavours and a clean, dry finish. A must for hot Singapore days.
About the Winery: Alain Graillot has been producing wines reflecting his integrity and high standards since 1985. Born in the Northern Rhone, he left to pursue a career in business, but returned home to his dream of creating great wines. Without the opportunity of stepping into an existing family winery, Alain undertook formal studies in Burgundy while seeking the guidance and inspiration of the best of the new generation of winemakers including Jacques Seysses of Dominique Dujac. He has now some 15 ha in Crozes-Hermitage itself as well as 1 ha in St-Joseph. He matures his red wines in one year old french oak barrels from Burgundy.
Region: France, Alsace
Retail Price: S$54.00
About the Wine: A sweet floral/candy nose will hit you right away and immediately make you forget your drinking pinot gris. The palate has hints of sour fruit (watermelon/lemon). The finish is long and has a mineral or stone texture. The sweetness on the finish lingers across the palate. Medium bodied.
About the Winery: Domaine Marc Kreydenweiss was established in Alsace, in 1650 and has been in the same family for thirteen generations—more than three and a half centuries.
With biodynamics, the grapes are organically cultivated, without pesticides or commercial fertilizers, and vineyard work is timed to the cycles of the sun, moon and stars. The vines are pruned very short to control yields and are cleaned of all extra shoots to allow for good aeration and exposure to the sun. Pruning also ensures even spacing of grape bunches on each vine.
Winery Website – http://www.kreydenweiss.com/en/
Region: Italy, Sicily
Retail Price: S$72.00
About the Wine: The COS Cerasuolo di Vittoria, a 60/40 blend of two indigenous varieties, Nero d’Avola and Frappato, possesses the appearance, aromatics and palate of a wine with cooler origin than Sicily’s south-east, such as Piedmont or Burgundy. Sicilian it is, however, and it is an excellent representation of its type, with alluring aromatics and an elegant red-fruit infused palate.
About the Winery: Azienda Agricola COS was founded in 1980 by Giambattista Cilia, Giusto Occhipinti and Cirino Strano. Three friends who wanted to go over what had once been the work of their ancestors. The acronym of their surnames (Cilia-Occhipinti-Strano) gives rise to the name of the company, still a partnership. In 1980, the youngest winemakers in Italy.
The company follows the principles of biodynamic viticulture to the vineyard to help find and keep balance in harmony with nature and the wine to express the character of its soils.
Winery Website – http://www.cosvittoria.it/