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The best of both: Spier 5.5% - a new range of quality wines with less than half the kilojoules and alcohol


12 October 2020  -  Spier Wine Farm

Highly acclaimed Stellenbosch winery, Spier, has launched a Chenin Blanc and Shiraz containing less than 50% of the alcohol and kilojoules*. The Spier 5.5% range takes its name after the alcohol percentage of the wine, and was specially developed to meet the needs of a growing number of wine lovers who don’t want to sacrifice a glass of good wine while following a healthier lifestyle.

“Our winemaking team is constantly finding ways to innovate responsibly, fulfilling the evolving needs of our customers,” explains Spier’s acclaimed Cellar Master, Frans Smit. “After much careful development, consideration and finessing, we’ve found a way to maintain the premium, layered wines our customers have come to expect from Spier. At only 36 calories per 100ml, we are confident that the Spier 5.5% wines will satisfy wine lovers’ tastebuds with the added benefit of considerably lower alcohol and kilojoules.

*50% less alcohol and kilojoules of a Spier wine of the same varietal or 13.5% table wine.

BRILLIANT FOR BUSINESS AND FOR PLEASURE

Light and fruity, Spier 5.5% arrives just in time for spring and early summer sunshine as a refreshing poolside or picnic accompaniment. These fun-loving wines have a responsible side too: the lower ABV makes it an ideal choice for a business lunch or busy day.

A GENTLE HAND - IN THE VINEYARD AND THE CELLAR

Spier 5.5%’s lower alcohol journey began in the vineyard. Specific sites with light, sandy soil were chosen, and harvest was timed perfectly so that grapes were picked at a lower sugar level and natural acidity. Both these approaches naturally result in lower alcohol wines.

During the fermentation process at Spier’s cellar, a portion of the alcohol was removed at a low temperature in a vacuum by using the latest spinning cone technology. This gentle process reduced the alcohol while preserving the flavours and aromatics of the wine. Following this, fermentation was completed with the remaining natural sugar and nutrients. The result? A truly satisfying taste with lower kilojoules and alcohol.

ABOUT THE WINES

Spier 5.5% Chenin Blanc:

This unwooded Chenin Blanc offers the characteristic flavours and complexity that the varietal is known for. Naturally lighter in style, it is crisp and fruity, with flavours of pear and apple, and hints of litchi. Enjoy chilled on its own or with light summer salad.

kJ/100mL: 149kJ

Cal/100mL: 36kCal

Spier 5.5% Shiraz:

Full of flavour and complexity, this unwooded and naturally light Shiraz has a juicy layering of subtle spice, red fruit and mulberry. Great on its own or with grilled meat and seasonal vegetables.

kJ/100mL: 153kJ

Cal/100mL: 37kCal

The Spier 5.5% wines are available from R65.00 - R75.00 from the Spier tasting room and shop.spier.co.za www.spier.co.za