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Biodynamic Wines

Biodynamic wine production is an approach to winemaking based upon the work of Austrian philosopher Rudolph Steiner. It follows a set of farming practices that views the vineyard (or farm) as one solid organism. The ecosystem functions as a whole, with each portion of the farm or vineyard contributing to the next, with the idea being to create a self-sustaining system.

Natural materials, soils, and composts are used to sustain the vineyard. In addition to organic practices such as the exclusion of chemical or synthetic herbicides, fertilisers and pesticides, biodynamic farmers rely upon special plant, animal and mineral preparations to enhance the health of their soil and vines. Additionally, a range of animals from ducks to horses to sheep live on the soil and fertilise it, creating a rich, fertile environment for the vines to grow in.

Utilising the Stella Natura Biodynamic agricultural calendar, biodynamic farmers also consider the positioning and rhythmic influences of the sun, moon, planets and stars as guides for when to prune their vines, plant new vines or pick the fruit. Biodynamic farming also seeks sustainability, or leaving the land in as good or better shape as they found it for future generations.

For winemakers the key principle of biodynamic wine production is totally logical. It makes no sense to extol the virtues on the geology of a vineyard, the unique aspects of its soil (its ‘terroir’) and what that imparts to the wine, if that soil is then totally transformed by a mixture of chemicals, herbicides and fertilisers. Healthy soil dictates healthy vines and experience has shown that biodynamic practices give rise to greater purity and precision in the resulting wines.

Steiner’s biodynamic disciplines date back to the early 1920’s, (twenty years before the organic movement) and followed the notion that in harnessing the metaphysical, the physical is improved. In his approach to agriculture, Steiner believed that the health of the soil, plants and animals depends on reconnecting nature with the creative forces of the cosmos. The practical methods he outlined were intended to be adopted by farmers and winemakers alike with the intention to revitalise the natural forces that were rapidly becoming depleted through modern agricultural techniques.

Beginning with a healthy living soil, often enhanced by judicious quantities of biodynamic, naturally-occurring preparations, Steiner felt that it was also important to recognise the role of the rhythms of light from planets, sun, moon and stars. Understanding this aspect allows for optimal timings in viticultural activity and thus it follows that, if the winemaker is tuned into their needs, the vines and soil will respond better.

Steiner’s concept is not that difficult to grasp, after all, we know about lunar cycles, tidal flow and seasonality, so have already accepted certain, very obvious aspects of these life forces without question.

Undertaking a biodynamic approach is far from an easy option and the problem for many winemakers is that in order to produce wine biodynamically, the adoption of its principles has to be wholesale, with no holds barred. Following the rhythms of earth and space is taxing and even very diligent organic farmers are wary of the extreme measures required to conform fully to the disciplines which are considered by many to be too expensive.

Thankfully, more and more winemakers are experimenting in biodynamic principles and gradually adopting what, ultimately, is a life changing way of working. Whilst the initial aim may have been the long term sustainability of the land and the health of themselves and their co-workers, the results of their endeavours has witnessed an intense and more honest expression of terroir.

Biodynamic accreditation and certification is through DEMETER or BIODYVIN. Within our collection there are wine producers who are certified biodynamic alongside wine producers who have espoused biodynamic farming methods but do not seek certification, because they see biodynamics as a philosophy rather than a strict set of rules.

 

 

Henschke 'Mount Edelstone' Eden Valley Shiraz 2016

From £135.00 - per bottle
Rich, concentrated & beautifully balanced single-vineyard Shiraz, with long velvety tannins... Read More...

Henschke 'Hill of Grace' Eden Valley Shiraz 2015

£515.00
One of Australia's most collectable wines is a headily scented Shiraz of exquisite finesse... Read More...

Henschke 'Julius' Eden Valley Riesling 2022

From £34.00 - per bottle
Concentrated ripe lime & slate-like acidity with laser focus and long, textural finish... Read More...

Littorai Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 2021

From £72.00 - per bottle
A rich, deep & complex Sonoma Coast Pinot produced using organic & biodynamic methods... Read More...

Chéne Bleu Aliot 2015

From £48.00 - per bottle
This Burgundy-style white, is a rich oak-aged Roussanne blend & a true vin-de-garde... Read More...

Seña 2016

£110.00
The iconic Bordeaux-style blend that's regularly benchmarked alongside 1st Growths & other top Cabernets... Read More...

Querciabella Batàr 2019

From £70.00 - per bottle
Graceful and polished, Batàr is considered one of Italy's greatest white wines... Read More...

Chêne Bleu Le Rosé 2021

From £21.00 - per bottle
Structured, rich & complex, a versatile wine ideally suited to be enjoyed with food... Read More...

Chêne Bleu Héloïse 2018

From £75.00 - per bottle
A Syrah blend named Héloïse for its balance of concentration, restraint & ripe, supple texture... Read More...

Chêne Bleu Abélard 2018

From £75.00 - per bottle
Highly perfumed Grenache blend named ABÉLARD to reflect its forceful, masculine, brooding intensity... Read More...

Chêne Bleu Astralabe 2016

From £23.00 - per bottle
The “teenager” of the Chêne Bleu reds, a vibrant yet easy drinking Grenache-Syrah blend... Read More...

Domaine Grosbois Chinon Clos du Noyer 2019

From £37.00 - per bottle
Bursting with fresh blackberry fruits this Chinon is the flagship cuvée of Domaine Grosbois... Read More...

Clau de Nell Grolleau 2019

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A biodynamic expression of the Loire's Grolleau grape - silky, sweet, fresh & elegant... Read More...

Clau de Nell Cuvée Violette 2019

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A luscious & extremely seductive Cabernet Franc / Cabernet Sauvignon blend from the Anjou... Read More...

Domaine du Pélican Arbois Chardonnay 2016

From £39.00 - per bottle
Silky, melt-in-the-mouth Chardonnay with a fine citrus freshness & fantastic creamy acidity... Read More...

Sesti Phenomena Brunello di Montalcino Riserva 2016

From £90.00 - per bottle
Dedicated to the rare conjunction of Venus with Saturn that occurred on the 9th January 2016... Read More...

Le Soula Trigone Rouge Nº XXI

From £20.00 - per bottle
Lot 21 of Le Soula's simple & very easy to drink 'calling-card' red... Read More...

Henschke The Wheelwright Eden Valley Shiraz 2017

From £90.00 - per bottle
A tribute to Johann Christian Henschke, the founding father of the Henschke winery & vineyards... Read More...

Thibaud Boudignon Anjou Blanc Cuvée à François(e) 2019

From £41.00 - per bottle
Made from the finest plots in Anjou this fascinating Chenin is made without compromise... Read More...

Thibaud Boudignon Anjou Blanc Sec 2019

From £27.00 - per bottle
Is there any better dry Chenin Blanc being made in the world today?... Read More...

Sesti Rosso di Montalcino 2020

From £24.00 - per bottle
A rich, full bodied, vegan friendly Sangiovese, beautifully balanced with a refreshing finish... Read More...

Les Héritiers du Comte Lafon Mâcon Milly Lamartine 2020

From £22.50 - per bottle
A textbook Mâcon of great elegance & poise crafted adopting biodynamic practices... Read More...

Domaine Pierre Morey Meursault Les Terres Blanches 2019

From £82.00 - per bottle
Morey's Meursault Les Terres Blanches is seriously impressive for a village-level wine... Read More...

Domaine Pierre Morey Bourgogne Aligoté 2020

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Mouthwateringly fresh, this is arguably, one of the finest expressions of this Burgundian grape variety... Read More...

Domaine Rolly Gassmann Riesling 'Cuvée Yves' Vendanges Tardives 2010

From £42.00 - per bottle
The sweetness, fruit & acidity combine perfectly to deliver a delicious creamy palate... Read More...

Domaine Rolly Gassmann Riesling Kappelweg de Rorschwihr 2014

From £34.00 - per bottle
An intensely concentrated Riesling balanced by a racy acidity culminating in a long finish... Read More...

Etienne Sauzet Puligny Montrachet

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From one of Puligny's finest domaines this is an incredibly pure & elegant Puligny Montrachet... Read More...

Champagne Egly-Ouriet Brut Tradition Grand Cru NV

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A consistent & dependable Non-Vintage Champagne made exclusively from Grand Cru fruit... Read More...

Champagne Egly-Ouriet Brut Rosé Grand Cru NV

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Pale pink, vibrant & elegant this is one of the finest Rosé expressions available... Read More...

Domaine de Beaurenard Châteauneuf-du-Pape Boisrenard | Magnum (150cl)

£110.00
A Châteauneuf-du-Pape of immense depth, concentration & silky tannins... Read More...

Reyneke Sauvignon Blanc 2018

From £16.75 - per bottle
Reyneke's vibrant, biodynamic, organic & vegan friendly Sauvignon Blanc from Stellenbosch... Read More...

Reyneke Cornerstone 2017

From £21.00 - per bottle
A superb biodynamic Bordeaux blend with a philanthropic aspect for the workforce at Reyneke... Read More...

Ökonomierat Rebholz Riesling Vom Rotliegenden Trocken 2017

From £30.00 - per bottle
A perfect harmony of ripeness, minerality, fruit & acidity as well as density & balance... Read More...

Fontodi Meriggio Sauvignon Blanc 2020

From £21.50 - per bottle
A classy Sauvignon Blanc that displays all the hallmarks of Fontodi's outstanding approach... Read More...

De Loach Russian River Chardonnay 2018

From £23.00 - per bottle
Beautifully oaked Californian Chardonnay with rich aromas of key lime & baked apple pie... Read More...

Felton Road Bannockburn Pinot Noir 2021

From £48.00 - per bottle
A truly exceptional wine produced from some of the most southerly vineyards on Earth... Read More...

Dreissigacker 'Bechtheimer' Riesling Trocken 2017

From £24.00 - per bottle
A bone-dry Riesling of great class & elegance, concentrated with a lingering finish... Read More...

Fontodi Chianti Classico 2019

From £27.00 - per bottle
Pure Sangiovese of outstanding quality, with great depth of flavour & silky-smooth texture... Read More...

Tablas Creek Esprit de Tablas Rouge 2017

From £53.00 - per bottle
The flagship red wine of Tablas Creek; organic, biodynamic & utterly delicious!... Read More...
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Dominio de Pingus Flor de Pingus 2014

£130.00
Could 2014 be the finest vintage of this mini-PIngus ever?... Read More...