mindful wine from south australia
In 1969 when Ernest Allan Rivers moved from market gardening in Marion to plant a vineyard in Willunga, he began the story of Gemtree Wines. Ernest Allan was the grandfather of Melissa Brown, Gemtree’s co-owner and viticulturist. Melissa is a qualified viticulturalist and a well-regarded expert in biodynamic and organic farming. Mike Brown, her husband, is Gemtree’s chief winemaker and managing director. Living in one of Australia’s most celebrated natural regions inspires Melissa and Mike’s mindfulness about the environment and the earth. Beyond farming biodynamically and organically, Gemtree also uses recycled water in the vineyards, and powers the irrigation pumps and its Tasting Room with solar. Having achieved full organic certification in 2011, organic and biodynamic farming will always be at the core of their philosophy and practices. Today Gemtree has 123.8ha of certified organic and biodynamic vineyards.
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2019 Ernest Allan Shiraz
A wine of exquisite and intense berry and spice aromatics, this is a rich, deeply textured shiraz.
Angove Family Winemakers
Australia’s leading organic winemaker
Founded in 1886, Angove Family Winemakers is Australia’s leading certified organic winery* and has been certified for 15 years. Angove strives to be a world leader in sustainable practices that protect the natural ecosystem, encourage biodiversity and reduce greenhouse gas emissions and landfill. Since no synthetic chemicals are used in the organic grape growing or winemaking process, no nasty chemical residue is left on the plants, fruit or in the surrounding soil and groundwater.
The Angove family’s Warboys Vineyard is planted to some of the region’s oldest shiraz vines, established in the 1920s. These vines are at the heart of one of our premium organic wines, Warboys Single Vineyard Shiraz. The vineyard has two main soil profiles, dark loam over limestone and dark alluvial ‘slopewash’ loam. Both aspects produce wines of uniqueness, character, style and finesse.
*IRI Organic Wine Report, February 2021
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2018 Warboys Shiraz
Opulent and brooding, this wine shows ripe red fruits, chocolate, spice and pepper.
Lowe Family Wine Co
Mudgee’s pioneer of sustainability
Put simply, David Lowe says his practice of organics and biodynamics is for two reasons: to make better wine, and to ensure the health of the land for generations to follow. Certified organic since ‘05 and biodynamic from ‘11, Lowe takes a holistic and regenerative approach to farming, while producing some of Australia’s top wines.
Backed by over 45 years of hands-on experience, David follows a minimal intervention philosophy to produce wine from untrellised and unirrigated vineyards. The lack of external influences allows the fruit to speak distinctly of its origin, with flavours reflecting the soil, region and vintage. These characteristics are amplified through Lowe’s small batch, slow winemaking methods, where traditional techniques such as open fermenters and amphorae are met with innovation like preservative free wines (of which he is an industry leader). The resulting wines? A unique expression of place.
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2021 Bio-logical Preservative Free Shiraz
Vibrant and raw, backed by soft tannins, scents of blueberries and pepper.
top shelf certified organic wines
Discover Atmata on Instagram – @atmatawines
Meaning ‘essence from nature’, Atmata is 100% Australian Certified Organic wine from vine to bottle. Grapes for the 2019 Atmata Shiraz were sourced from a 143-hectare organic vineyard in the Glenrowan region. This style of farming is particularly suited to Glenrowan’s warm and dry climate, which lends itself to a minimalist approach. The cooling katabatic alpine breezes and free draining soils make it an ideal place for organic wine grape growing.
Winemaker Liz Kooij believes all great wines start in the vineyard and this is the approach she takes to her winemaking – working to foster the land to get the best premium, organic fruit.The newly released range also includes the Atmata Organic Rosé, a contemporary dry style of rosé crafted with organic grenache from Glenrowan and Currency Creek.
With a holistic approach to winemaking, Atmata Organic wines are cultivated in harmony with nature and crafted with minimal intervention.
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2019 Atmata Shiraz
An approachable shiraz with juicy black cherries, hints of pepper and subtle mocha vanillin oak. Vegan-friendly.
Caledonia Australis & Mount Macleod
Celebrating 10 Vintages of organic certification
Caledonia Australis/Mount Macleod wines are grown in the rich soils of South Gippsland, somewhere near the traditional tribal boundaries of the Gunaikurnai and Bunurong people to whom we pay our respects. In the 13 years since we began our organic conversion, we have produced some of Australia’s finest wines without the use of modern chemicals; better for you and better for the environment.
Caledonia Australis/Mount Macleod have brought ecologically sustainable farming practices together with the newest technology to reduce the carbon footprint of modern winemaking. We are well advanced in the installation of solar powered robotics to eliminate the use of fossil fuels in farming equipment. We have adopted traditional fire stick practices for weed control and abandoned the use of new oak to help reduce pressure on the remaining oak forests. We are also committed to improving the unique environment of South Gippsland. In 10 years we have planted over 15,000 trees, converted 20 acres of farmland to rich wilderness and returned our full water allocation to the environment where it belongs.
The 2020 vintage releases (Grüner, Chardonnay, Pinot and Method Ancestral) showcase all this endeavour and care and demonstrate that commitment to sustainability can create truly remarkable wines. To order, visit our online store or drop us an email.