Vinoteca’s monthly wine paddle is going bio for October.
What is biodynamic wine?
Bio-dynamic means ‘life force’. It goes beyond organic. It’s using the vineyard’s own resources to deliver a healthy eco-system.
Importance is given to the lunar calendar, tasks are split into four day cycles to mimic the earth’s four elements: Root days are for pruning, Leaf days are for watering, Fruit days are for harvesting and Flower days are for a good old rest!
Atma White 2018 – Thymiopoulos, NW Greece
A blend of two native varieties, Xinomavro & Malagousia, grown around Naoussa in NW Greece. The red Xinomavro grapes are placed in a press and the clear ‘free-run’ juice is then fermented, becoming a ‘blanc de noir’. Piles of character & flavour here, with electric acidity and then a kick of floral peachiness.
Pouilly Fume ‘Vitae’ 2018 – Domaine du Bouchot, Loire, France
We’re well and truly in the premium end of Sauvignon Blanc here. Fennel, white peach and lemon aromas, with a mineral seam that energises the wine all the way to the very end, emphasising the orchard fruit and also adding layers & layers of savoury complexity.
Penedes ‘Mas Petit’ 2016 – Pares Balta, Cataluña, Spain
A happy marriage of darkly structured Cabernet Sauvignon and aromatic & juicy Grenache, both grown in the Penedes hills. A young, fun & fruity wine that’s meant to be relished. Round & soft with plump blackcurrant balanced with a lick of oak.