|SAVE on the kilojoules
with this lower alcohol Shiraz
McWilliam's have come up with an answer to at least part of the problem: a winter red that's a third lower in alcohol and kilojoules (and has a Weight Watchers Points Value of 1 per glass.)
It's their McWilliam's 2009 Balance Shiraz, a lighter- to medium-bodied drop that's still lively and moreish with blood plum and red currant flavours, and with a touch of Shiraz spiciness and a tannin finish.
Winemaker Jim Brayne says Shiraz is our most-loved red wine style and always a popular winter choice, adding: "We believe this wine fulfils a purpose for those mindful of putting on a bit of extra weight over winter, by providing a lower alcohol and lower calorie option, whilst still being an enjoyable drop."
Pay just $16.99 and enjoy with a beef or lamb casserole knowing that at least the wine's a third lower in kilojoules.
ONE FOR LUNCH: WESTERN Australia's Houghton have released their 2009 Wisdom Pemberton Chardonnay, the ninth vintage of this very popular wine that's made from fruit hand-picked from exceptional 20 years old vines.
Striking peach and lemon citrus aromas follow through on the palate, and there's a nice creamy complexity and fine acid finish that will tempt the taste buds to ask for more.
Pay $32 and match with seared scallops or freshly shucked oysters. And while it's made for drinking now, another 3 to 5 years in the cellar will see it develop nicely with enhanced complexity for even further enjoyment.
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 NINTH vintage of a West Australian favourite with scallops or oysters