“Organic wines technically should last just as long as regular wines, if they are made well.”
Q: Which blend of wine is less in calories and sugars? Or better for the health conscious?
“Well this is really like asking how long a piece of string is because it really comes down to how much sugar, if any, the winemaker has left in each individual blend. Generally more commercial and bigger brands will often contain a higher amount of sugar and hence calories.
“More often white wines will more often have sugar than red wines. If its antioxidants you’re after then red is best as most of the antioxidants are found in the skins, stems and seeds of grapes and red wines are fermented with all of these included. You could also try what are called ‘orange’ wines, which is basically white wines fermented with their skins, which extracts more of these antioxidants.”
Q: What does Biodynamic actually mean and what is the difference between the two
“We often get asked this in our cellar door. To classify as an organic wine is just a matter of not using any synthetic products on the vineyard and in the winemaking process, whereas biodynamic has a holistic philosophy involved. Biodynamics was developed over 100 years ago by Rudolf Steiner and a large part of the ideas behind it are quite astrological. We all know that the moon can influence water and Steiner believed that other planets had an influence over other elements on the earth such as clays and sands. Based on this, he developed a process of agriculture. Thus, biodynamics is treating the vineyard as a complete system, including managing the energy within it.”
Q: Is biodynamic better for you?
“I will mention our brand Tractorless Vineyard, which is only in its infancy and although we are not yet certified I love some of the wines we are producing and they are what I drink most regularly. Lark Hill Winery in Canberra is biodynamic and is also a firm favourite, with some really interesting varieties. If you want something on a bigger scale then Tamburlaine Wines in the Hunter Valley is probably one of the biggest certified organic wineries in NSW.
“The tricky thing is that a large number of wines are organic and biodynamic but they make no reference to this on their labelling or their branding. I know here locally in the Southern highlands probably 40-50 per cent of vineyards here are run either organically or biodynamically.”