BSoA Tasting of Earth-Friendly Wines
Organic farming relies on fertilizers of organic origin and places emphasis on techniques such as crop rotation and companion planting. Biological pest control, mixed cropping and the fostering of insect predators are encouraged. Organic standards are designed to allow the use of naturally occurring substances while prohibiting synthetic ones. Biodynamics has much in common with organic approaches – it emphasizes the use of manures and composts and excludes the use of artificial chemicals on soil and plants. Methods unique to the biodynamic approach include its treatment of animals, crops, and soil as a single interconnected system. It uses an astrological sowing and planting calendar and various herbal and mineral additives for compost additives , such as burying ground quartz stuffed into the horn of a cow, which are said to harvest "cosmic forces in the soil”
Drouhin Chablis Vaudon (Chardonnay) 2016 - Biodynamic 28.60
Beautiful gold color with green hue, fresh aromas of lemon and grapefruit, full body, well balanced, butter, fruity with minerals and perfect acidity, pleasant and long after taste.
Serisin Estate Sauvignon Blanc 2016 – New Zealand – Biodynamic 26.00
Subtle on the nose with warm notes of ripe yellow stone-fruit, soft passion fruit and chalky-mineral complexity. The palate is layered and finely textured, with ripe gooseberry, tropical and citrus notes, framed by a mouth-watering acidity, which creates a persistent finish. Blend: 95% Sauvignon Blanc, 5% Semillon
Domaine Val de Caire Rose 2017 – Provence – Organic 17.80
Medium bodied, elegant and aromatic
Drouhin of Oregon Pinot Noir 2015 – Biodynamic 42.80
A delightful wine, with a generous nose filled with ripe red fruits, crushed berries and spice. Its color is deep and concentrated. Ripe, with incredible structure, the palate is both opulent and restrained. The tannins are very well integrated already, giving this cuvée superb balance and a fine, vibrant character with excellent length. While youthful now, this wine will age well for years.
Chapoutier Crozes Hermitage “Meysonniers” 2015 – Rhone - Organic 28.95
An intense, smooth and deep Syrah with aromas of black cherry, plum and cedar.
Hedges Red Mountain Blend 2012 – Washington State – Organic 40.45
60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 26% Merlot, 8% Syrah and the balance Cabernet Franc and Malbec, which was aged ten months in 40% new American and French oak. Tobacco, herbs, underbrush, earth and ample dark fruits all emerge from this medium-bodied, charming, balanced and enjoyable Bordeaux blend that can be enjoyed anytime over the next eight years.
Presented by Burrows Lightbourne and the Bermuda Society of Arts