East Coast Wine Trail

East Coast Wine Trail
East Coast Wine Trail

Saturday, 12 December 2020

Meet a wine that is not packaged like a wine

"What's that?" asked my team of wine tasters. Their confusion was understandable. New Zealand wine range Round Theory comes in packaging very different in shape to any other 750ml wine bottle. 

The bottles are curvy, squat and clear. 

The blurb is that that Round Theory has been "consciously crafted from the ground up to have as positive impact on the planet as possible". Very much on message then. 

What are Round Theory's ethical positives then? 

Its environment credentials include being climate positive thanks to its program with CarbonClick, which offsets at least double its carbon emissions produced; those unique-shaped glass bottles are 30% lighter, 35% shorter and made from clear glass for improved recyclability and to lower carbon footprint. 

But wait, there's more: All cartons are made from 100% recycled paper; with the back and front labels made from FSC certified paper, which has been harvested in a responsible manner. 

And the grapes are sustainably grown and sourced from Sustainable Winegrowing New Zealand (SWNZ)-accredited vineyards in Marlborough and Hawke’s Bay. Plus the wines are certified vegan- friendly. 

So far so hipster/hamster then. 

I was sent the 2020 Pinot Gris, which tasted fine for the $23 a bottle it will set you back at Dan Murphy’s, BWS, Liquorland and First Choice Liquor Markets nationally. Or less, actually as I’ve seen it on special for under $19. 

The ladies behind the Cygnet tasting bench (well, bar) enjoyed it as well. 

Designed for wine lovers looking to make more environmentally friendly decisions, the Round Theory range features: rosé, sauvignon blanc, pinot gris and a white field blend. 

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