Balancing Act ‘Resveratrol Enhanced’ Pinot Noir 2013

Worldwide awareness of healthy living and lifestyle has prompted an increasing interest in the low alcohol and low calorie categories of wine. The New Zealand industry has made a significant commitment to the research and development of this style, with millions of dollars of funding to ensure that this country is at the forefront of such wines. I find the approaches by different producers extremely fascinating as they come to terms with attaining lower alcohol in the wines without compromising flavour, mouthfeel and just plain drinking satisfaction.

In a similar vein, there has been considerable research on the antioxidant properties of Resveratrol, a polyphenol that is naturally found in grape skins and seeds. It has been shown that Resveratrol reduces degeneration in the human body and studies suggest that wines high in the compound will be beneficial for health. A Sydney-based GP, Dr Philip Norrie, who is also a medical and wine historian, has developed and patented a process to enhance the levels of Resveratrol in wine, and he has created his own wine brand with these wines. Southern Wines, a Central Otago wine distribution company has become the sole New Zealand licensee for ‘Resveratrol Enhanced Wine’ and released two wines, made by Alan McCorkindale, under the ‘Balancing Act’ brand onto the domestic market last year. (Click here to see my review.) The wines have approximately 75 mg of Resveratrol per bottle compared to the usual 1-2 mg in most other wines.

The subject of Resveratrol appears very promising, and it would be interesting for the New Zealand industry to investigate and support this, and indeed other avenues of producing wines that are suited to the requirements of today’s modern world, making the country truly innovative in this regard, as well as in issues such as sustainability and respect for the environment, for which New Zealand is already recognised.

Here, I review the new release Balancing Act ‘Resveratrol Enhanced’ Central Otago Pinot Noir 2013.


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