Entering through the vine intertwined tunnel is the first taste of the light and airy hangover-free wonderland created by Tamburlaine Organic Wines.
“Straight through to the chapel please”. How celestial.
As the delicate whites with hints of citrus and aromas of rose turn to rich, full-bodied reds you begin to understand why so many years of work went into the organic farming practices that uphold Tamburlaine as industry leaders.
I listened a little more closely and crossed my fingers as staff divulged whispers of their wines being softer on the head the next day or in the Hunter, later that afternoon.
You will leave as a reformed, slightly tipsy, organic wine enthusiast. Filled with knowledge about the originality and character of Tamburlaine wines paired with the finer details of organic vineyards and a cheese platter if you’re lucky.
Tamburlaine believe in creating contemporary organics not because it is the newest buzz word in the wine world but because ‘it makes sense’.
Wine that is better for us and better for our planet, does just make sense.
Organic wine farming and making at its core is all about removing chemicals like pesticides and preservatives from the growing and production process. If the chemical needs to be replaced, organic inputs are used.
The specific difference in the final product of the preservative-free, vegan wines of Tamburlaine and other non-organic wines is the absence of sulphur and animal proteins.
The large majority of wines on the market contain both of these things. Most wines are made using animal products such as egg, milk, and fish derivatives during the fining process. Sulphur although occurring naturally, is then added as a preservative.
Chief Winemaker at Tamburlaine, Mark Davidson speaks to the change from animal to vegetable-based fining agents saying, “we are confident that they are not only doing the job as well as the conventional inputs but are producing much better results overall”.
The 18 recent awards from the 2020 Organic and Biodynamic Wine Show speak to this sentiment, only one wine entered by Tamburaline failed to deliver a win.
Nestled in the lower Hunter at 358 McDonalds Rd Pokolbin, Tamburlaine is open 7 days a week from 9am – 5pm. At present no booking is required for groups under 7 people however, maximum limits and wait times may apply.
The Orange Tamburlaine cellar door at 9 Pym St, Millthorpe also remains open.