Dominio de Punctum wines from Spain
To be biodynamic, first you must be an organic producer – all natural ingredients and process, no artificial anything.
Biodynamic is a step further and involves treating the vineyard and the winemaking facility as an ecosystem that must be run in accordance with the changing of the seasons and the phases of the moon. This practice aims at ecological self-sufficiency and is geared to improving the vineyard for the longer term.
Some very well known lables are well-established biodynamic producers; these include Chapoutier (Northern Rhone) Domaine Leflaive (Burgundy) Zind Humbrecht (Alsace) and the list stretches around the world from Europe to USA to South Africa to the antipodes. More recently several wineries in Spain have become biodynamic producers and Dominio de Punctum is one of these Spanish pioneers.
Domino de Punctum is a family-run organic wine estate in central Spain, just over half way between Valencia and Madrid at 750 metres above sea level. After 8 generations of growing grapes solely for other producers, the current family, led by Jesus Fernandez (viticulture) and his sister Ruth (winemaker) decided to become winemakers themselves using organic practices. In 2005 they founded the current Organic Estate and Winery and achieved biodynamic status in 2011.
Dominio de Punctum (and many other more well-known producers) claim that these practices result in wines that stand out not only for the beauty of their aroma or delicacy on the palate but for being natural and authentic, free of any chemicals. Others also say that it produces more vibrant tastes as well as wines that remain drinkable for longer, relative to their price. In other words consistent, flavourful wines that offer amazing value.
We agree with them, but you would need to try them for yourself to answer the question Organic : Biodynamic – is there a difference?
We stock four of Dominio de Punctum’s excellent quality wines: Viognier 2018 (stunning dry white and Gold Medal Winner this year), Rosado 2018 (refreshing, dry and full flavoured blush), a stylish, unoaked Tempranillo/Petit Verdot 2018 and a more complex and full-bodied Tempranillo/Petit Verdot Roble 2016 which also won a Gold Medal this year.