Time to look at the “Champagne” style – the sparkling Chardonnay-based Blanc de Blanc. Edenvale wines are probably the most commonly available non-alcoholic wines available in New Zealand, and they do seem good at what they do. The Premium range – in which you find the Blanc de Blanc – is the next step up in price – so do you notice the step up in the quality?
Obviously it looks the part – that’s the easy bit. Removing alcohol doesn’t affect the colour (much). But what surprised me was the nose – normally you lose a lot of aroma when you de-alcoholise the wine, but not this time. The pleasant mix of fruitiness and earthiness came through – and that with hearing the gentle effervescence of the wine added to the anticipation of the wine.
And on the palate, that promise delivered. This is a well balanced, complex blanc de blanc, and seriously tasted as good as some of the full alcohol French varieties I’ve had in the past. Of the alcohol-removed wines we’ve explored thus far, this is the one most like its alcoholic cousin. The fruity/earthy balance is just right, and there’s a pleasant aftertaste and moreish quality to it.
Style: Sparkling Blanc de Blanc
An excellent sparking white, and highly recommended for those who like their bubbles
Where to Find
While Edenvale appear in many Supermarkets, their premium range is less common. I found this one in New World, and it’s also available from Glengarry wines.