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Australian Vintage launches low alcohol wine

This month Australian Vintage is launching a low alcohol wine into the Australian and UK markets. Designed to fill a gap in the low alcohol market – a category which is worth £42.8m in the UK off trade – Miranda Summer Light comprises a Sauvignon Blanc and a Shiraz, both at 5.5%abv.

Summer Light is made using industry leading technology, the next generation of Spinning Cone Column (SCC).  The patented technology, which represents a $1.8m investment by Australian Vintage, is the only dedicated SCC for wine in Australia. By reducing alcohol at 42°C, rather than the 62°C industry standard, alcohol extraction is ‘gentler’ on the fruit to retain more character & flavour.
 
Comments Julian Dyer, general manager for the UK: “Summer Light is a full flavour wine that is lighter in alcohol, without compromising on taste or enjoyment. Designed with the health conscious consumer in mind, a 125ml glass of the Sauvignon Blanc contains just 45 calories, while the same size glass of the Shiraz contains 55 calories.”
 
The winemaker behind the new wines, Thomas Jung, says the Sauvignon Blanc has a lovely clean, crisp palate bursting with tropical fruit flavours & a hint of citrus.  And the Shiraz has an abundance of red and blackberry fruit flavours and a hint of vanilla from oak maturation.

 

1 August 2013 - Felicity Murray