The calendar has just ticked over to mid-January, and most of us are half way through making or breaking our detox resolutions! We knew you would be struggling as much as we are, keeping to that strict gym-regime, and laying off the heavy carbs, so we thought we would give you a helping hand. As January usually signifies a cut down in alcohol in this healthy lifestyle, we put together a list of wines that you can drink, somewhat guilt-free, with their lower alcohol content. Let’s face it; the long hot January month is not exactly the time to totally forgo a good bottle of wine! So here is our list of wines with lower alcohol levels that the other choices out there!
Solms Delta Cape Jazz Shiraz
This wine has been featured in so many of our articles thus far, and we just cannot seem to get enough of it! It is an unusual red bubble that just gives us something to continually rave about! It is a light, fizzy Shiraz which when chilled is the perfect late afternoon treat in the sun. The best part about this wine however, is that it only has 9.5% alcohol, so drinking this red in the sun will have no dire affects on you! You can pick up a bottle of this Franschhoek favourite for only R65!
Testalonga, El Bandito Skin Contact
This is a surprising addition to the list, coming in with only 9% alcohol. This Chenin Blanc, made by the wine revolutionist, Craig Hawkins in the Swartland, is a delicious skin contact white. Spending 4 weeks on the skin, the wine has developed a nose of almond and complex florals. The palate is firm, sharp and acidic, yet with the low alcohol, this wine has a gentle lightness to pair with any food. Harmless sediment may occur in the bottle. Get this at only R230 a bottle!
Graham Beck, Gorgeous Chardonnay Pinot Noir
This pink, still wine is a favourite coming from the Graham Beck estate. The Chardonnay/ Pinot Noir blend has a Jasmine, orange blossom and pear nose while the palate displays grapefruit, honeydew melon, lime and raspberry cream flavours. It is something you can enjoy by itself but also something that you can pair with salads or a fresh, healthy salmon dish. The alcohol count only sits at around 11%, which is below the average 13-14% measures in other wines. Top your fridge up with this bottle at only R65.
De Wet Winery, Pettilant Fronté
Muscadel is traditionally lower in alcohol than other wines, and the Pettilant Fronté from De Wet Winery is no different. It is a beautiful semi-sweet expression of full-ripe, white Muscadel berries with full fruity flavours with an edge of acidity. Serve this wine very chilled with a crisp salad, and only being 8.16%, you will be guilt free on a sunny afternoon. For only R33 per bottle, this is the perfect January solution!