The 2012 Pig in the House Cabernet Sauvignon ($25) from NSW’s Cowra wine region has been named the 2014 NASAA Certified Organic Wine of the Year.
The inaugural NASAA Certified Organic Wine of the Year Awards attracted around 100 entries from across Australia. The Awards were open to Australian wines that have organic certification from an approved body such as the NASAA.
“This is the first organic wine tasting only open to wines grown and produced in Australia and certified by a Department of Agriculture Accredited Certification Body, such as NASSA Certified Organic.” explained the Awards organiser, NASAA’s Ben Copeman.
The Award was overseen by some of Australia’s most respected organic winemakers; Troy Kalleske from the Barossa Valley’s Kalleske Wines, Vanessa Altman from Switch Organic Wine and Michael Paxton from Paxton Wines in McLaren Vale.
The top scoring wines were then re-judged by the panel with the 2012 Pig in the House Cabernet Sauvignon awarded top honours.
'The Pig sat proudly on his hind trotters, glistening snout in the air as he was awarded the honour. “That’ll do Pig. That’ll do.” '
“The wines are made at the Windowrie winery by Anthony D’Onise. Anthony has a natural respect for the organic winemaking process. This tasting exemplifies that the organic fruit coming from our vineyards and also the Cowra region as a whole is some of the highest quality in the country – that’s amazing!” said owner and viticulturalist Jason O’Dea.
“To hear the Pig had won this award was a fantastic honour,” commented Jason. “This year we are celebrating ten years of organic certification and an award recognising the commitment and hard work involved in growing and crafting organic wine is both humbling and very welcome.”
“We’re occasionally asked if the pig still lives in the house. Most of the time the answer is no, depending on who you ask.”
'The Pig on the other hand has been seen rolling in mud, trotting off to market, booking international flights and eating roast beef, paired of course with Cabernet.'
The Pig in the House offers a full range of award winning organic wines comprising, Pig in the House Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz, Merlot and Chardonnay. Further information on these wines can be found at www.piginthehouse.com.au.
Further information on NASAA (National Association for Sustainable Agriculture Australia) can be found here.
The Pig in the House of wines are distributed nationally and are available for purchase online.
2012 Pig in the House Cabernet Sauvignon (Cowra, NSW) $25.00