We know wine can be confusing (and often wine terminology doesn't have any official definitions)—so we are here to help.
Do your wines contain sulphur/sulphites?
Yes, they do. Even less than what we are allowed in our organic protocols (and a lot less than standard wine), but still some. We do this to ensure the wines make it to you as delicious as the day we bottle them.
Every year we are running trials to determine just how low we can go. We will aim at zero. Stay posted.
Are your wines certified organic?
In early 2016 we undertook to convert our 125-acre vineyard to organic, natural farming methods. That’s no chemicals, no pesticides, no artificial anything, plus maximum water efficiency and under-vine cultivation.
Our first release of wines are considered ‘In Conversion Organic’ by the ACO (our certifying body)—with full certification due later this year (2019) in time for vintage 2020. The delay in obtaining full certification is built into the certifying process to allow for the complete recovery of soil microbes and to be absolutely certain that there is no trace of residual chemicals from past vineyard management in a fully certified wine.
As the ACO puts it, “During the ‘In Conversion’ period farmers must adhere 100% to the Australian Certified Organic Standard. They cannot use prohibited chemicals and other inputs as required by the Standard. The only difference between their product and one that is fully certified organic is time. It’s like training wheels – they’re transitioning to certified organic, and we still need to support them for their efforts during this time.”
Because there is no residual chemical or soil recovery issues in the winery however, the delay does not apply to the winemaking process. From day one, all of our winery/winemaking practices have been 100% certified organic and we use only natural ingredients.
From vintage 2020, all of our wines will be 100% certified organic in both the vineyard and winery.
You can read more about our winemaking philosophy here.
Do all the grapes you use for your wines come from your vineyard?
Yes. We will only ever use grapes from our organic and naturally managed vineyard.
Are these natural wines?
The ‘natural wine’ category is a confusing space, with no set guidelines.
In summary: There are some that claim a wine isn’t natural if irrigation is used on the vines. Others that say all mechanical intervention must be avoided. Some allow small adjustments, others allow none. Some allow sulphur, some don’t. For some the wines must be organic, for others they don’t.
Our wines are organic, and our winemaking philosophy (read all about it here) is about only intervening with our ferments when necessary to create wines that are the most delightful expression of the grapes harvested. So we prefer the term Minimum Intervention. And we will continue to seek exactly what that means.
If you’d like to learn more about natural wine terminology, here is a great article.
Can I buy your wine outside of Australia?
Unfortunately no, we are only able to ship to Australian destinations.
How much does it cost to ship to rural Australia?