Is organic wine more than a trendy gimmick? '“Â Alistair Gibson
Organic September is a month-long campaign which aims to raise awareness of organicÂ products '“Â theÂ brands, producers and farmers who produce them, and that of courseÂ includes wine.
Just because a wine is organic doesn'tÂ make it good.
Indeed thereÂ is no doubt in my mind there are wines on the shelves which merely use the termÂ organic as a sales tool.
However, there is clearly currently aÂ huge interest in organic produce with Waitrose recently revealing sales of its organicÂ wine haveÂ risen by 57 per centÂ compared to the same period last year and itÂ hasÂ increased itsÂ range to include 54 organic wines from 18 countries.
According to the Soil Association, the UK organicÂ food and wine marketÂ is worth Â£2.2 billion, with supermarket sales rising by more thanÂ four per cent '“Â double the growth of the mainstream food and wine market.
HereÂ are some organic white wine recommendations and next week I'llÂ highlight someÂ organic reds to try duringÂ the remainder of September.
Tesco Finest Organic Sauvignon Blanc 2017, Valle SanÂ Antonio (Tesco Â£9) is made for Tesco by Cono Sur, one of Chile's most respectedÂ producers of organic wine.
The coolingÂ influence of the Pacific Ocean is very apparent in this relatively elegant sauvignon blanc.Â
There are notes of lime and grapefruit on the nose, followed by a zesty, lively palate withÂ a nice mineral edge and a very fresh, clean finish.Â
If you want something a little funkierÂ then CerroÂ La Barca Cepas Perdidas A+B 2017, Extremadura (winebuyers.com Â£14.90) shouldÂ tick all the boxes.
A + B stands for alarige and borba, twoÂ near-extinct local grapes from theÂ Extremadura region of Spain.
The winery was founded in 2003 with a view to making organic wines from local grapes with minimum intervention.
Fermented in stainless steel at low temperatures to retain as much freshness and purity as possible, this has a heady bouquet of ripe tropical fruits such as apricot, mango and lychee with some orange citrus notes.
I love the fact itÂ is made from almost extinct grapes, it's a reallyÂ interesting glass of wine and worked really well with some simply grilled mackerel.
Reyneke is one of the few organic and bio-dynamic estates in South Africa and I couldn'tÂ possiblyÂ write about organic wines without highlighting this remarkable producer whoÂ hasÂ given me some of the most profound wine experiences of my career.Â
ReynekeÂ Organic Sauvignon Blanc Semillon 2016, Western Cape (Hermitage Cellars Â£10.35) is theÂ entry point to the range and is produced from grapes sourced from organic vineyardsÂ from around the Western Cape.
It's very fresh with gooseberry, lime and citrus blossom,Â the palate has some weight and texture from the semillon along with citrus and maybe aÂ touch of asparagus.
Absolutely delicious and perfect with a crab salad or even a simple roast chicken '“ organic of course!