The best organic wines are made from grapes grown in vineyards without the use of synthetic chemicals – fertilizers, pesticides, fungicides and herbicides. Converting from a non-organic vineyard to an organic vineyard is a three-year process and a very costly one, involving annual audits by organisations such as the Soil Association in UK or Ecocert in France, who will award the certification. It costs a farmer four times as much to produce organic wines than a non-organic wine. There are a number of natural alternatives to chemical-based products that winemakers can use to treat pests and diseases such as planting other crops around the vines to increase microbial life: One such approach is to plant buckwheat to attract wasps which will kill other insects that eat the berries. Ultimately winemakers are aiming to make good wine from healthy grapes and soils, working closely with nature. In an attempt to make shopping for organically certified wines easy, we have labelled the wines ‘ORG’.

Producer | Martin Pasler
Country of origin | Austria
Region | Burgenland, Leithaberg
Grape Variety |
With its origins from South-West France, it sis 1 of 6 grapes permitted in the blend of a red bordeaux wine. The name Merlot links to the French blackbird 'Merle', as a reference to the colurof the grape. Medium-full bodied with soft tannins and fleshy cherry and plum notes. Versatile style that pairs with many bold flavours
Vintage | 2018
Size | Bottle / 75cl
ABV | 14%
Allergens | Sulphites
Style |
A wine that is over 13.5% alcohol with more complex flavours and a richer mouthfeel. Factors such as climate, grape variety, ageing in the winery, residual sugar level and alcohol level affect the fullness of flavour and will be good clues to look out for. A full-bodied wine would the equivalent to blue-top whole fat milk. Knowing your preference towards a light bodied wine vs a full-bodied wine can help you to find a wine you’ll enjoy. If you enjoy full-bodied wines with bold intensity, look out for these grape varieties; whites with 3+ years ageing, for the reds Malbec, Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon, Tannat, Mavrud
Campaign | Big Reds
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