Who better to ask what’s trending in the vino world right now than knowledgeable wine buffs from wineries, restaurants and bars around Australia?
Welcome to our ‘Wine of the Week’ series, where we highlight particular wines on the radar of vino lovers from the NT to the Apple Isle.
Simple wine for good times with low sugar and minimal intervention is the ethos behind Bel Bev Co on Murray Valley Highway in Piangil. It all started with two friends wondering why finding a low-sugar, clean wine wasn’t an easy choice – they couldn’t find what they were looking for, so they made it themselves.
Co-founder and Brand Manager, Bella Quinn says the winemaker doesn’t believe in sacrificing taste when you can sacrifice on the nasties.
"Sugars can often be hidden in wine and because wine isn’t required to have nutritional information, consumers are none the wise,” she explains. "To achieve our low sugar content, the fermentation process is timed perfectly to balance the acidity and produce a harmonious result of a crisp, dry wine.”
All of Bel Bev Co’s vinos are vegan-friendly, gluten-free and free from added colours and concentrates.
Just in time for Summer sipping, the company has released two fresh new varietals to go with its Rosé – a Chardonnay and Pinot Grigio – the perfect accompaniment for seaside drinks and sunny picnics, these light and crisp varietals are sure to be an entertaining hit.
With less than 1 gram of sugar per serving, Bel has continued its promise to compromise on sugar and not taste; Bel’s grapes are sourced from a third-generation family vineyard and selected specifically for a provincial style.
Like sunlight in the glass, the Chardonnay is light on the palate with hints of white peach and almond butter; while the Pinot Grigio is wild and elemental, pale, clean and properly dry. With one sip, you will be rolling in the hay with subtle tastes of pear and poached nectarine.
As for the Rosé, serve it ice cold with bon bons or wontons and enjoy a refreshingly dry and crisp texture, with top notes of grapefruit and yuzu, carried by the underlying warmth of honey orange blossom.
These perfect Summer drops are available at all good bottle shops and online at Dan Murphy’s, or wedrinkbel.com.