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3 delicious organic wines you need to sample

By Paula Gracey

At a time when we are all becoming so much more aware of what we eat and drink, it is no surprise that organic wine sales have risen by 32% in the first half of this year, as reported by award winning online retailer, Virgin Wines.

The rise in demand for organic wines has been steady since 2016 with the overall increase reaching 85% over the two year period. The demand for organically produced wines comes not only from  more health conscious consumers - across the world wine makers themselves are increasingly more conscious of their impact on the environment and are adopting organically produced wine as a part of their normal wine making operations.

So, what does organic wine mean? Basically, the wine is produced without the use of chemical pesticides and herbicides. Sound great, but do organic wines taste good?  Absolutely, as I recently discovered!

Virgin have a great range of organic wines online and I started with the Corvezzo Prosecco DOC Treviso Extra Dry Organic (£14.99).  Made entirely from organically grown Glera grapes, this is a crisp and fresh dry fizz with bags of personality.

On the nose you get aromas of crisp green apples and ripe pears which carry through on the palate to mingle with hints of zingy lemon. It has fine, elegant bubbles and I absolutely loved it.

A white next, Chateau de Seuil Graves Blanc 2016 (£14.99) is a white Bordeaux with a difference. It is a fabulously aromatic blend of 70% Sauvignon Blanc and 30% Semillon fermented in new oak.  This wine has a beautiful golden glow and is extremely aromatic with fresh and fruity aromas.

It is full and fruity on the palate with a crisp freshness and is a wonderful accompaniment to deli meats and shellfish. This is also a wine that we are told will develop interesting flavours with bottle ageing and will keep up to five years – if you can wait that long!

Let’s finish with an organic red – Palabra Pasada Organic Syrah 2017 (£10.99). This is a wonderfully intense, pure Syrah from the heart of Spain’s wine making production. Winemaker Jorge Martinez says the fruit they are taking off the vines, where there has been no herbicide usage, is so much better than the non-organic equivalent.

“More work, but great result,” is his vercdict. I have to say this full-bodied organic Syrah seems to have tonnes of pure fruit… think delicious dark fruit aromas and flavours and a touch of spice. It tastes pure and real with a freshness to balance it out – I was very impressed.

I will admit that being a yogi and a health and fitness nut, organic wines have always had a real appeal and now that I know how good they actually are, I’ll be trying more!  Check out the full range of organic wines at www.virginwines.co.uk

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