Wednesday, 23 September 2020

Every bottle of this wine you drink will do the planet some good

In these difficult days it is good to see wine producers trying to do some good for the planet. 


South Australian wine brand Hidden Sea, for instance, has distinguished itself by pledging to remove the equivalent of 10 plastic bottles from the ocean for every bottle sold - using a completely trackable process. 

With more than 8 million tonnes of plastics entering our oceans each year, and an already estimated 150 million tonnes already in the ocean - wine drinkers can help turn the tide. 

Hidden Sea's PR company, Modern Currency, sent me six-pack, so I have apparently helped remove a kilogram of plastic from the ocean. 

Pat on the back for me! 

Hidden Sea is working with the www.reseaproject.com to remove the equivalent of 60 plastic bottles from the oceans for each six-pack of wine sold. 

By 2030, the winery hopes to have removed a billion plastic bottles for recycling. 

Now to the wines. They are made at the former Stonehaven winery by Oliver Crawford (once of Devil's Lair and Vasse Felix in Margaret River) using fruit from South Australia's Limestone Coast, which 26 million years ago was submerged by a vast ocean system. 

When the oceans receded they left the area rich with deep limestone deposits containing marine fossils. 

Those deposits add to the rich, fertile soils of the region, which produce the grapes that make the wine. 

The range comprises a 2019 Chardonnay, a 2019 Shiraz (with a dash of pinot gris and riesling in the blend) and a 2019 Rosé. I just tried the shiraz with some fellow tasters and found it very drinkable. Certainly good value for $98 a six-pack with free delivery. I'll update when I try the other wines.

For details see www.thehiddensea.com.  

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