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Thursday 12 October 2023

Meet Australia's first sake-infused wines

What are your thoughts on sake-infused Australian wines - made by a Bulgarian winemaker with a label evoking Chinese mythology?

Meet Sun Monkey - the latest brainchild of Australia's biggest premium wine company.

Treasury Wine Estates is home to iconic wine brands including Penfolds, Wolf Blass, Wynns Coonawarra Estate and Seppelt.

Sun Monkey - billed as "a world-first sake-infused wine collection" certainly challenges convention.

Treasury says the new wine range - featuring a white and a red - "caters to the next generation looking for unique taste experiences while still delivering premium quality from globally renowned wine regions in South Australia.

"Inspired by the Monkey King, a symbol of freedom in Chinese folklore, Sun Monkey embodies rebellion and self-expression, captured in what is certainly a striking label design by Shanghai tattoo artist and illustrator JAX."

The Sun Monkey Shiraz Grenache and White Blend are now available across Australia should cross-cultural drinking be your thing.

"With so many different wines on the market it can be difficult to stand out from the crowd, so we are proud to introduce a world first, sake flavour-infused wine to allow emerging wine consumers, an opportunity to enter the market without needing to know all the stuffy wine details," said Kjetil Undhjem, Treasury Premium Brands' Chief Marketing Officer.

So what, exactly, will you be supping?

“The white blend is a delightful fusion of chardonnay, traminer and riesling, offering a fresh and fruity flavour profile that challenges traditional expectations," says winemaker Iskra Varbanova.

"The Shiraz Grenache, on the other hand, introduces bright and fruity notes, all infused with the essence of sake, creating a truly distinctive taste experience.”

The wines will retail for around $20.  

I haven't tried them yet, so have no tasting notes to offer.


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