Green Wine Awards 2011

There’s a bit of a debate going on at the moment whether organic wines are better or worse than their chemical counterparts, in terms of taste. I think that misses the point. Christian Eedes who chaired the judging panel for the Nedbank Green Wine Awards felt that the wines were typical of any selection of wines, ranging from bad to really good.

What is more important to understand is that farming organically, or biodynamically, is more sustainable. As oil based inputs such as fertilizer and pesticides become more expensive, it will push the price of the final product up. Also the soil is depleted and damaged by these harsh chemicals. Not to mention the effect these chemicals have on our bodies as they build up over time (read more about that here).

So we need to support those wine estates that are making the change now despite the short term difficulties they face. That’s why awards like these are useful, because they introduce people to the good quality wines which have been produced more sustainably. Do bear in mind though, not all organic or biodynamic wines are entered into the competition, so just because a wine does not have an award, it does not mean it’s bad.

Here are the winners for 2011:

4 Stars
Reyneke Chenin Blanc 2010 – R100 (Best White & Best Wine Overall)
Waverley Hills 2010 Semillon Sauvignon Blanc – R45
Laibach Ladybird Red 2010 – R85 (Best Red)
Stellar Organic Heaven on Earth – R59 (Best Sweet Wine)

3 ½ Stars
Reyneke Chenin Blanc/Chardonnay/Sauvignon Blanc 2010 – R55
Laibach Woolworths Merlot 2010 – R85

3 Stars
Reyneke Sauvignon Blanc 2010 – R80
Waverley Hills Shiraz 2009 – R50
Wedderwill 17°C 2008 – R53
Waverley Hills Cabernet Sauvignon 2010 – R50

There was also recognition for Best Environmental Practices:

Winner
Paul Cluver, Elgin

Runner-up
La Motte, Franschhoek

Third place
Waverley Hills, Tulbagh

Fourth place
Cloof/Burgherspost, Darling

Winner
Paul Cluver, Elgin

Runner-up
La Motte, Franschhoek

Third place
Waverley Hills, Tulbagh

Fourth place
Cloof/Burgherspost, Darling

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