I came across a marvelous, smooth, easy-drinking range of wines at a wine tasting recently, and the organic process used to make them was a large part of their appeal…..

Health-conscious wine connoisseurs will be pleased to learn that this wine is not only a soft, enjoyable drinking wine, but also clean and free of pesticides.  Waverley wines are low in tannins and acid, making them easy on the palate and a healthy drinking option.

Waverley Hills Organic Wine Estate is situated on the R46 between Tulbagh and Ceres at the foot of the winter snow-capped Witzenberg mountains and its diverse fynbos eco system. Situated on a natural water shed area, where both the Breede river and Berg river originate, the fertile, oaky yellow clay terrain is impregnated with river stones resulting in well drained soils with excellent water holding capacity. All vineyards are irrigated with pure spring quality mountain water.

The traditional strong Southeasterly winds in summer contribute to the unique terroir of the Waverley Hills Organic region. The latest and most modern wine-making techniques are employed to ensure that the goodness of the terroir is preserved in each bottle of Waverley Hills organic wines. Only SGS organically certified vineyard practices are followed to produce sweet, healthy fruit and all Waverley wines are organically certified.

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Waverley Organic wines – doing it naturally

Even the biggest wineries (and especially their vineyard workers) are breathing a sigh of relief as natural technique replaces chemical technology. The major wineries are learning that working with nature produces a set of positive, even unintended, results that are helping them produce better wines.

What is organic wine?

The phrase “”organic vineyard”” conjures up an idyllic picture of clean rows of green, trellised vines, their leaves combed by beneficial insects hunting for pests, the skies above patrolled by hawks and owls hunting for rodents, field workers safe from toxic chemicals, and wines pure and delicious – and that is what Waverley aspires to achieve.

Waverley Hills Organic uses environmentally friendly techniques, such as stimulating the populations of beneficial insects, composting for fertilization and Integrated Pest Management for pests and diseases.

Why should we drink organic wine?

There is an increase in the public’s demand for organic foods. Some of this demand is driven by a sophisticated understanding of and belief, in organic methods, but most is the result of the public’s wariness of pesticide-laden foods, irradiated or genetically altered crops, and its desire for a safe, wholesome food supply.

Waverley Hills Organic, is a unique winery, moving away from a system based on inputs of chemicals to a management-based system of grape-growing, establishing a “”green approach”” and The Du Toit family, owners of the estate, are committed to the preservation of the environment and fair-trade practices.

Itâ??s a commitment worth raising a glass to: in just 20 months more than 50 of the Capeâ??s wine producers have adopted the principles of sustainable winemaking and set aside valuable hectares for conservation, representing nearly a third of the Western Capeâ??s winemaking land.

Top wines from Waverley

Waverley Hills Semillon Chardonnay 2006

Tropical fruit, white apple and ripe pears are predominant in this well-balanced wine. The taste of stone fruit follows through on the pallet with hints of lime.

Waverley Hills Cabernet Sauvignon 2005

2008 Decanter World Wine Awards – Bronze Medal

The deep red centre is complimented with carnations and red cherry tobacco aromas. The bouquet is of roasted Brazilian coffee beans with peppery fresh radish that follows through on the palate. The wine has a remarkable soft velvety entry with a rather long after-taste. The typical red fruit of Cabernet Sauvignon is well balanced between the soft ripe tannins and low acidity.

Waverley Hills Cabernet Sauvignon 2004

The beautiful red colour promises the healthy wine lover a new experience with complex aromas of red berries, blackcurrants and the indigenous Proteas growing on the terroir. The aroma of the wine is best described by the garrigue character found in the natural Cape fynbos. The distinctive soft smooth entry of the wine is complimented with chocolate and liquorice on the after-taste.

Waverley Hills Shiraz 2005

2008 Decanter World Wine Awards – Commended

2007 Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show â?? Bronze Medal (72/100)

Intense purple centre with pink rim describes the youthfulness of the wine. Black cherry and sweet plum aromas denote its fruitiness which is rounded off by the smoky and spicy notes of French oak. Subtle aromas of Cape fynbos, wild rosemary and pincushions reminiscent of the farm, are found on the nose. On the palate the wine has a soft entry with spicy notes of white pepper and cinnamon.

Waverley Hills Shiraz 2004

Purple red in colour, this wine has a complex array of aromas of ripe plums and spicy notes of white pepper rounded with peppermint crisp chocolate flavours. â??Fynbosâ? (garrigue), character of â??tolbosâ? (indigenous flora) and liquorice in the after-taste best illustrates the terroir. The most distinguishing attributes of this wine are a soft entry and long lingering after-taste.

For more information, go to www.waverleyhills.co.za