Friday, April 10, 2009


Eggs? At least I think that it says "Ova" - must do because it stands for Organic Vignerons Australia. Organic wine. What does that mean? that it's better? Actually, no. It just means somebody put the word "organic" on the label. So look for some sort of certification if you are a stickler for these kinds of things - this one for instance states on the label "Australian certified organic", so there must be some kind of agency that goes around checking the vineyards out and making sure they grow their grapes using only "natural" fertilizers with no synthetic pesticides or herbicides as well as making sure they don't add extra sulphites into the wine as they are making it. This extra care may make the cost of making such wine more expensive of course, and this will be ultimately passed onto you as the consumer (at the very least the certifying agency will charge something!). I've even read about wineries that use birds of prey to naturally keep pesky grape eating birds from eating their fruit!
The wine itself must be judged on its own - I don't care if it says organic on the label if it's swill.
This one is pretty good. And turns out it's terrific value as well as it only costs $19. The Ova, Shiraz Cabernet, 2005 is generically from South Australia. Nice dark colour, deep plummy nose. Spicy, crisp, good black plum fruit with hints of oak - not as rich as I like my Aussie wines but nevertheless very good. Maybe they should make more wine "organically"....



At 2:33 a.m. , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Whats with the ozzies and their penchant for animal sketches on their wines? Seriously, how does a frog give the buyer any hint of the style or quality of wine? When wineries have to resort to making the label sell the wine that's a big hint about the quality of the wine in my books. Cashing in on organic doesn't bode well either. Tip of the day - watch out for marketing tricks when selecting wines....they are trying to cover up something, a good wine doesn't need gimmicks.

At 8:34 p.m. , Blogger Crush59 said...

I agree but I do have a soft spot for nice artwork...but ultimately we are buying what's in the bottle (or tetrapak) and thats what counts!

At 1:57 a.m. , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good idea. How about having a best of the tetra pack tasting special - times are hard and wine budgets shrinking - you could call it pink slip party ideas!. That said not particulalry earth friendly but it does spare cork.


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