Innovation continues at Lowe Wines

With new release low alcohol and preservative free wines

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2015 Lowe ‘Tinja’ Low Alcohol Verdelho and  2015 Lowe ‘Tinja’ Organic Shiraz

2015 Lowe ‘Tinja’ Low Alcohol Verdelho and 2015 Lowe ‘Tinja’ Organic Shiraz


Mudgee's Lowe Wines has released two new wines as part of their continued theme of innovation. The new 2015 Lowe 'Tinja' Low Alcohol Verdelho ($22) joins the new 2015 Lowe 'Tinja' Preservative Free & Organic Shiraz ($22).

The Lower Alcohol Project is a three-year collaboration between Lowe Wines and Charles Stuart University PhD candidate Rocco Longo. With demand for lower alcohol wines being driven by a number of factors, the project's aim is to improve overall sensory attributes and reputability of lower alcohol wines by a natural approach called 'sequential harvest regime'.

"This is the first year of the project," explained David Lowe. "We are aiming to produce a wine that naturally contains less alcohol and more flavours by blending 'unripe' and more 'mature grapes'. In this instance, the 2015 Verdelho from our Rylstone vineyard was harvested twice; once at 14.60 brix and then at 180 brix. The vineyard is under organic conversion."

The two harvests were separately inoculated with AWRA 796 and fermented for an equivalent period. The two wines, one with an alcohol of 7.5% and the other with 11% were blended to make a wine of approximately 10% alcohol.

"Lower alcohol is a recurring theme of my wines," continued David. "However, this project has seen innovation and challenges as I usually harvest on flavour profile. This project saw us pick the grapes on percentage of alcohol, to come up with a wine that is full-flavoured; a wine that is in keeping with the quality acceptability of Australian palates."

"We are taking a proactive approach, as there is continued pressure on the industry to counter concerns about alcohol abuse. We have had excellent feedback on this particular wine at the cellar door, so we're confident in what we're doing."

The partner wine is the 2015 Lowe 'Tinja' Preservative Free & Organic Shiraz. "This is our sixth vintage of the Preservative Free red wine. Whilst making these wines without sulphur compromises its ageing prospects, the wines drink well now; they are lovely and fresh and appeal to the market that we are making them for."

"With no added sulphur and making the wine from organic fruit, it becomes crucial that the grapes must be of highest quality. The only weapons that you have in the growing and winemaking process is the grapes' own ability to fend off disease. This comes about through vine health achieved through soil health and complexity and a grapevine with a active and competitive leaf surface biology that crowds out disease causing organism."


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