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Tuesday 11 August 2020

Zero-alcohol wine on the rise

Wine drinkers who want to avoid getting inebriated have an ever-increasing range of alcohol-free wines from which to choose.

With the rise of conscious consumption has come a selection of wines that have the alcohol removed while the flavour has, hopefully, been retained.

That's the aim of brands including McGuigan Zero, Edenvale and Ariel - and now Newcastle-based innovators Fourth Wave Wine have launched their first zero-alcohol wines: Plus+Minus.

Plus+Minus will include an alcohol-free pinot noir and shiraz in its range for the moderation minded.

These zero-alcohol wines have been hand-made without the use of any artificial sweeteners but see the addition of grape seed extract during the winemaking process.

This is rich in naturally occurring antioxidants, delivering more of those benefits that can already be found in red wine but without the alcohol.

The Plus & Minus range of wines have been made from fruit grown in dry-grown vineyards. The blurb says "the resultant wines remain vibrant and full-flavoured once the process of removing the alcohol has been completed".

Nicholas Crampton, owner of Fourth Wave Wine, says: "There is a new wave of health-conscious consumers looking to continue to enjoy the occasions, rituals and flavours they always have but want to moderate their alcohol.

“The current non-alcohol wine offerings are seemingly designed for people to hold at an event but lack drinkability. We set out to make high quality non-alcohol wines that people would want to drink!

"We have used quality Langhorne Creek fruit that was really big on flavour to achieve a new standard in zero-alcohol wine.”

The range will be available widely through Liquorland stores from September with an RRP of $15.99.

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