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NIXING THE ALCOHOL

From Dry January to OcSober, people are becoming more and more conscientious about the consumption of alcohol. And as a consequence producers are responding.

Piekenierskloof Wines has joined the trend by adding two new de-alcoholised wines to its range.

The white and red wines slot into Piekenierskloof’s Six Hats lineup – a range designed for consumers who enjoy easy-drinking wines. The white is a straight chenin blanc while the red is a blend of Tempranillo, Tannat and Tinta Amarella – all deliciously fruity, full berry flavoured wines.

Bonnievale winery has opted to launch a de-alcoholised sauvignon blanc to cater for this growing market of mindful drinkers and designated drivers. It’s called NEAT – and quite neat it is too!

“Low alcohol offerings have boomed around the world. Bonnievale NEAT has been two years in the making because we wanted to be sure the wine met quality standards, sensory consistency and sheer enjoyability,” said Bonnievale Wine Group CEO John Barnardt. “What we have here is a varietal wine we’re proud to include in our range.”

The wine was made from the 2020 harvest and displays flavours and aromas typical of the cultivar. “It’s fruit-driven on the nose and tropical in style,” said Bonnievale winemaker Marthinus Rademeyer. “There are notes of passion fruit, guava and gooseberries. The palate is broad, crisp and refreshing, showing those same fruit characters that linger in the finish.” If more information is needed, check out the website at www.bonnievalewines.co.za.

Launched just in time for the festive season was Van Loveren’s new guilt-free bubbly, Absolute Zero.

Tying in nicely with the blood alcohol level proposed by Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula, Absolute Zero bubbly joins the three wines already bottled and released under the same label. While they are defined as ‘non-alcoholic’, the three wines (like others in the category) contain 0.5% alcohol. The sparkling wine, however, is truly 0%. There are two flavour variants, one is bone dry while the other – Nectar – is more off-dry, showing honeyed nougat and fruit flavours.

Its zero alcohol means Absolute Zero is super low in kilojoules and calories. It’s even vegan-friendly. It also allows consumers to enjoy a glass of bubbles while navigating stricter driving laws with a clear conscience while also potentially detoxing and going alcohol-free for a day, week, month or forever.

For more information, call 023 615 1505 or email info@vanloveren.co.za.

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