Low-alcohol sauv wins gold at show

Judges rated Brancott Estate's new low-alcohol sauvignon blanc as one of the show's best at the New Zealand International Wine Show.

The 9 per cent Brancott Estate Flight Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc was one of 24 sauvignon blanc's to win a gold medal at the show.

Brancott Estate chief winemaker Patrick Materman said the reduced alcohol Brancott Estate Flight series was developed for people wanting a less heady but full flavoured option.

“Consumers have told us that they are looking for a wine style which is naturally lighter in alcohol, but doesn't compromise on the taste and flavour complexity of the wine."

A 9 per cent alcohol pinot gris has also been produced.

The wines were made with grapes harvested earlier in the season, and the distinctive Marlborough sauvignon blanc characteristics were achieved by closely controlling the fermentation stage, he said.

The gold medal confirmed their success.

The Marlborough Express