Switch Organic Chardonnay 2013

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  • Certified Organic
  • Vegan Suitable
  • Wild (Natural) Yeast Fermentation


Winery/Brand: Switch Organic Wine


Pineapple, nougat and roasted cashews flow from the aroma, following through on the palate with hints of citrus. It has a savoury edge and is driven by fine and focussed acid, adding plenty of vibrancy. This is a delicious and moreish Chardonnay. Great as a gift or hide it away and drink it all yourself.

The fruit for this Chardonnay is from Willunga, McLaren Vale and sourced from a winery well known to us here at Organic Wine; Battle of Bosworth. So it is quality from the start. A yeast that is usually used for red wine was chosen to add the savoury edge, and the wine did not go through malolactic fermentation. Some french oak was used and the wine was aged about 8 months before bottling.



The Story

Vanessa Altmann is the woman behind Switch and I've had the pleasure of meeting Vanessa on several occasions. She began her wine making adventure with Temple Bruer Wines 14 years ago at the tender age of 19.  As a young wine maker, she has received numerous awards and nominations in recognition of her extraordinary talents with the fermented grape.  She certainly knows what she’s on about when it comes to making something taste good.  Switch is Vanessa’s baby, and is being noticed around the place as a label that has some innovative ideas when it comes to production and marketing. When talking about her new venture Vanessa says “It's exciting because I get to take more risks with the Switch label."
Vanessa is super hands on when it comes to producing these delicious wines.  She is excited by grapes (to say the least) and heads out to McLaren Vale, Currency Creek, the Riverland and Eden Valley searching out interesting regions and different styles.  She is happy to discuss some of the techniques she uses to get the best results;  ‘My personal favourite, cold soaking at low temperatures for several days before fermentation to assist with aroma extraction and in fleshing out the palate to create a plump mouth-feel.’  We hear you Vanessa, and we like it!
Switch Wine is the product of Vanessa Altmann’s commitment to creating wines which prompt people to think about the way we as a society are consumers.  She lives her life according to the core values of caring for the environment.  She is a massive advocate of the organic produce industry, with a focus on eating organic food as well as drinking organic wine.   She says this “…is probably why I find this kind of work so satisfying - working in an organic winery… It’s all about creating unique mixes of variety and region that are certified organic and styled with labels that prompt conversation, instigate thought and reignite connections to the world we live in. For both the maker and the drinker.”
We here at Organic Wine are happy to have Vanessa on the scene.  Really, the world can’t have enough winemakers with a conscience and commitment to sustainability and responsible living, eating and drinking.

The Specs

Wine TypeWhite
RegionMcLaren Vale, SA
Alcohol %13.5
Certified OrganicYes
Vegan SuitableYes
PackagingGlass Bottle