Le Mac shrink sleeves stand out in Yellowglen Spritz review


While sceptical of the product, this reviewer was taken in by the Le Mac shrink sleeves which decorate the bottles and came out with positive feelings about Yellowglen Spritz.

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They may not transport you, but these wines are full of spritz

BEN KNIGHT
FROM THE GRAPEVINE

I am always intrigued by wine that is advertised on public transport, and have been meaning to review some for a very long time. "Wine that moves you" was going to be the article's title. Sceptic that I am, however, I think if a wine is advertised on a vehicle - bus, tram or otherwise - it is probably the least likely beverage to be anything of the sort.

I thought I would road test these two bottles of bubbles. I love the packaging. I want to be at a brunch or lunch with attractive people who are dressed in white and having lots of fun. In reality, I'm inside, at my desk, along. Not quite the same, but the product remains unaltered.

The labels' instructions say to serve the drinks over ice. My ice always has a fridgey complexity to it, so I have it neat. I can be overly critical of these types of products, but I am entering this tasting with the most open of minds, looking for refreshment and simple pleasure. I acknowledge that they are not mean to be serious bottles of wine.

NV Yellowglen Spritz chilled white
The mechanical bead of mousse explodes in the glass and fades just as quickly. The nose smells like muscat, but ever so delicately (the official notes do not list grape varieties at all). Marketed as a "refreshing light bubbly", it tastes like talc, rose petals and grapes. The bubbles fill your mouth and leave a flavour that's almost neutral. It reminds me of a pinot grigio from northern Italy yet with more sugar and less power and weight. My wine notes aside, this is refreshing. It is cold and bubbly. It has flavour, but far less than a tropical fruit salad bomb like many Kiwi sauv blancs, and I like it for that.

NV Yellowglen Spritz chilled blush
This one, marketed as a "sweet refreshing bubbly", is pink. Blush is an oft-used American wine term that describes pink wines with some sugar in them. It smells verys similar to the chilled white, but if I close my eyes and concentrate really hard, there are some watermelon and strawberry smells too. The taste is similar to the nose, with some red fruits and an extra candied lolly character. If I were in a hurry, I would find these two wines to be almost identical. If the blush's label did not tell me so, I would not note the difference in sweetness, either. The blush appears to have a slightly more bitter character, perhaps from the addition of red wine. It is a tad more vinous than the white, but overall, they are two peas in a pod.

The website has these two listed under the "casual occasion" section, and I totally agree with it. These are designed for picnics and the beach, for outdoor dining and simplicity.

I admit to being taken in by the packaging and that, in my opinion, is the greatest difference between them. Widely available for $12 each.