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Lower alcohol wines explained…

We have recently introduced The Doctors’ range of lower alcohol wines to our list, which deliver the all the aromas and flavours you would expect from a New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc or Riesling, but at a significantly lower ABV.

To achieve this, ‘The Doctor’ John Forrest has discovered a way of slowing the vines’ ability to make sugar, thereby limiting the alcohol produced by yeast feeding on sugar, without compromising the vines’ ability to make all the delicious characteristics that are so desirable. The secret: it’s the grape leaf, working as it does with the sun, that makes the sugar; but not all leaves make sugar at the same rate. So Forrest Wines have discovered which leaves make the most sugar and removed them before the grape starts to ripen. In doing this, the grape berry only contains around 60% of its normal amount of sugar. Hence you can enjoy a wine, not with the normal 13-14% alcohol, but with only 9%. Now there’s a cunning bit of science from ‘The Dr’ that we can really drink a toast too!