21 Aug 2013 New Arniston Bay exotic wine-based ‘taste infusions’
These low alcohol (5.5%) wine-based ‘taste infusions’ are said by the company to be “refreshing, with an aromatic, fresh bouquet and explosive taste. Lightly spritzed, the bubbles and fine texture produce an organic crispness and complex, invigorating finish”.
These pair are presented in eye-catching, shrink-wrapped 750ml bottles, with convenient screw-cap closures – the packaging is 100% recyclable.
Producer, Stellenbosch Vineyards, says these innovative creations were born out of a response to the market demand for a premium-end infused wine-based product:
“These crisp, refreshing taste infusions are positioned in the low-alcohol wine sector, as opposed to the ‘ready-to-drink’ category, catering for curious wine-drinkers wishing to embark on a taste adventure in their pursuit of something different. With the increased popularity of low alcoholic beverages, Arniston Bay Wines has sought to align itself with this market trend as well.
“This lifestyle-driven product is modern, chic and refreshing. The convenience of the wines – with their immediate drinkability and screw-cap-type closure (namely Roll on Pilfer Proof, the shorter version of the conventional screw-cap) – is particularly enticing, given the demand for immediate gratification in this fast-paced world.
“In keeping with the global trend of eco-friendliness, the graviola and lemongrass tastes are natural with the remaining components being ‘Nature Identical’.”
Tasting notes from Stellenbosch Vineyards – in its own words:
The Arniston Bay Graviola and Passion Fruit Infusion
“This taste infusion, derived from the unique combination of these two distinct, tropical fruits, is intriguing. The fleshy, juicy passion fruit’s perfect ripeness, coupled with its natural zestiness, creates a delightfully tangy taste sensation. The graviola evokes a combination of strawberry, pineapple and citrus notes, contrasted with an underlying creaminess reminiscent of coconut and banana. The fusion of the passion fruit’s bursting piquancy, the exotic playfulness of the graviola and the freshness of sauvignon blanc grapes together with the light spritzing, makes for a refreshingly elegant taste experience.”
Arniston Bay Wines’ winemaker, Abraham de Villiers, describes the infusion as a “bubbly wine with fresh fruity aromas, following through to a full middle-palate, finishing in crisp freshness”.
The Arniston Bay Mint, Aloe and Lemongrass Infusion
“Lemony and earthy, lemongrass imbues this infusion with a delightful freshness, further enhanced by hints of crisp mint, rounded by the natural flavours of soothing aloe. This unusual, distinctive taste infusion, together with the zesty freshness of lightly spritzed sauvignon blanc, results in a delicious and vibrant taste expression.”
Winemaker De Villiers highlights the distinctive aromas of mint, aloe and lemongrass and goes on to describe this infusion as “concentrated with a herbal, grassy character, thick-textured fruit and a bubbly personality”.
Source: Stellenbosch Vineyards