From Borenore to Germany: Tamburlaine wins medals internationally

ORGANIC SUCCESS: Tamburlaine Organic Wines' senior winemaker Aaron Mercer said 2016 was a stellar year for grapes grown at Borenore. Photo: SUPPLIED
ORGANIC SUCCESS: Tamburlaine Organic Wines' senior winemaker Aaron Mercer said 2016 was a stellar year for grapes grown at Borenore. Photo: SUPPLIED

The fruit from grape vines in Borenore has been recognised as some of the best in the world.

Four wines from Tamburlaine Organic Wines were awarded medals during the eighth International Organic Wine Awards in Germany.

Tamburlaine’s 2016 reserve shiraz, cabernet and merlot all won gold medals and the riesling won silver.

The competition’s judging panel had a tough job tasting and trying nearly 1100 wines from 25 countries over four days.

Senior winemaker Aaron Mercer said he was proud of the results including the riesling winning silver in Germany, which he said was the “home of riesling”.

“We only submitted four wines and each won a medal and three golds,” Mr Mercer said.

Mr Mercer said the demand for organic foods including wine was growing.

“We’re Australia’s largest organic wine producer and we’re 100 per cent vegan,” he said.

The fruit in each of the wines which awarded medals was grown in Orange and from last year’s vintage.

“It was a stellar year in Orange, our vineyards are just outside Borenore, they’re at 850 metres elevation and they just perform year after year,” Mr Mercer said.

Tamburlaine Wines’ executive director Jonathan Scott said the winery had formed relationships with some Orange growers to help meet demand for organic wine.

“We can’t just buy fruit off the market, we have to buy specific fruit and we’re working with growers in the Orange region,” Mr Scott said.

“Traditional viticulture uses systemic chemicals, they work very effectively but they get into the plant and it can be that you end up with minute residues which can dull the flavour.”

Mr Scott said the increasing demand for organic wine was something Tamburlaine was happy to meet.

With the winery off to a good start with international awards, Mr Mercer said the winery was hoping to repeat that success.

“We’re looking for success at the NSW Wine Awards and with recent success at international shows, we’re looking forward to success at the Orange Wine Show,” he said.

“We’ve won many gold medals and trophies with our riesling and malbec, but we’d love to win a gold with our shiraz.”