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(Product Launch & Review) Mindful sipping with Piekenierskloof , New De-alcoholised wines.

Piekenierskloof Wines joins the trend of mindful drinking in the form of two new De-

alcoholised Wines. I was sent some wine from the new range to taste and review, along with some delightful snacks from De Tol Deli.



De-alcoholised wine is a new trend in the wine market , where consumers are looking for healthier options, lower in calories and alcohol. Piekenierskloof Wines identified the trend and gap in the market has recently debuted a de-alcoholised white and red blend under their beloved Six Hats wine-range. The Six hats range is known as an easy drinking range, so adding these two wines to the range makes complete sense.

Many people will say “de-alcoholised wine! Why bother?” Initially when this trend started I was one of the neigh-sayers, having tasted a few of the earlier attempts at low-alcohol wines.

What is De-alcoholised wine?

The term de-alcoholised means that alcohol has been extracted from a traditional

alcoholic beverage to leave no more than 0.5% abv. The Six Hats de-alcoholised

Red and White blend’s abv are indicated on the label with less than 0.5% vol.

So why drink low alcohol wines?

Low alcohol wine is aimed at those who still would like a glass of vino but are watching their alcohol intake for various reasons. (Health, pregnancy, weight management, driving)

The wines and tasting notes:


The Six Hats de-alcoholised White, a Chenin Blanc, is light in colour with hints of tropical

flavours, the only change being the alcohol level that has been reduced gently to less than

0.5% ABV before bottling.

RSP: R R85 per bottle

This 100% Chenin Blanc is a lovely light white. Produced in the Western Cape growing on koppieklip and oakleaf soils.

Aromas of Green apples and pear, with guava. The acidity is refreshing on the tongue and lifts the wine.

Serve this chilled at about 10 Degrees Celsius.

Food Pairing : Spicy Asian Food , such as Spicy Tuna

The Six Hats de-alcoholised Red Blend.

This dark ruby-red blend has a lovely ripe red berry aroma. Made from a blend of 50% Tempranillo, 30 % Tannat and 20% Tinta Amarella.

Having spent 6 months maturing in French and American oak, there is a faint oak texture which works well with this red blend.

This red blend has a medium body.

RS : R R85 per bottle

Serve this at about 15 Degrees Celsius slightly chilled.

Food Pairing: Meat Casseroles and Roasts.

Verdict: Over all I was pleasantly surprised by these wines. I can see a lot of thought has gone into how the wine is made and how to keep the integrity of the wine even after the alcohol has been removed. Piekenierskloof hasn’t just made an adult grape juice.

This wine is best served chilled.

De-Alcoholised wines are a good substitute for the real deal if you are at a picnic, on a road trip or at a Baby Shower) Any event where the consumption of high volume alcohol would not be appropriate)


I believe De-alcoholised wines have their place in the market. I tip my hat to the Piekenierskloof team for creating two wines that are low in alcohol and calories, to fit in with those who love wine but are trying to be a bit healthier.

Availability:

Online at www.piekenierskloofwines.co.za and De Tol Farm Deli N7.

RSP:R85 per bottle

Visit their website for more information at www.piekenierskloofwines.co.za


Information supplied by Hatch Communications.


What are your thought on De-Alcoholised wines and have you ever drank any?


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