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Five to try: organic wines

Publish Date: 08 Sep 2017

Authored by: Halliday Wine Companion

Inspired by Australian Organic Awareness Month, as September has been dubbed by the country's largest certifier of organic and biodynamic produce, we dip into the 2018 Halliday Wine Companion guide for an assortment of certified wines worth your consideration.

2015 Yangarra GSM

2015 Yangarra Estate Vineyard McLaren Vale Grenache Shiraz Mourvedre
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One of the noticeable traits about Yangarra's wines, GSM in particular, there's nothing harsh or worked, there's a purity of fruit that comes through, the balance of tannins to acidity, and this not shy with the latter. The right amount of spice and flavour and most importantly, crafting a really, delicious drink. (JF)

RRP $32 | 2024 | Yangarra Estate Vineyard

2016 Lowe Nullo Mountain Riesling

2016 Lowe Nullo Mountain Mudgee Riesling
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This hails from a fully organic certified site, nestled circa 1100m. This is very high not only by Australian standards, but by international standards with the exception of Argentina. Lime blossom, quince and lemon zest make the introduction to this delicate wine, brimming with intent but in need of time. A chalkiness edges the palate before a stream of cool, altitudinal acidity rushes through the wine's centre, bringing a balletic tension, precision and great length. (NG)

RRP $50 | 2026 | Lowe Wines

Angove Wild Olive Organic Shiraz

2015 Angove Family Winemakers Wild Olive Organic McLaren Vale Shiraz
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There's a lot to like and admire about this shiraz quite apart from its price. The bouquet heralds the arrival of a wine with plum, blackberry, spice and licorice, the medium-bodied palate connecting the dots with fine, savoury tannins and a long finish.

RRP $20 | 2030 | Angove Family Winemakers

Tamburlaine 2013 Semillon

2013 Tamburlaine Reserve Hunter Valley Semillon
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On a dark night, or with the bottle out of sight, many would be tossing up in answer to the question 'is this wine semillon or riesling?' I'm not going to jump ship from the tasting note or drink to date given when tasted Jan '14: Pale quartz-green; the fragrant lemon/citrus bouquet leads into a palate that opens with imperious lemon/lemongrass flavours, but - improbably given this start - becomes even more intense and probing on the long finish and aftertaste.

RRP $50 | 2025 | Tamburlaine

Cullen Mangan Merlot Malbec Petit Verdot

2016 Cullen Mangan Vineyard Margaret River Merlot Malbec Petit Verdot
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A 78/15/7% blend, matured in French oak (34% new) for 7 months. Bright crimson-purple hue; a super-fragrant bouquet, followed by an immaculately balanced and structured palate full of juicy red fruits. Terrific value, drink any time over the next 20 years.

RRP $35 | 2036 | Cullen Wines

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