If you’ve been reading me for a while, you know that I love wine so much, I make it myself! I still buy wine to keep my wine fridge full at all times, and to enjoy with friends and family. I tend to migrate to the wines that catch my eye with a label, or something that’s uniquely special to that particular brand.
With summertime looming right around the corner, let’s face it – we’re all worried about the winter hibernation that undoubtedly added a few pounds, but giving up wine drinking doesn’t seem to be an option. Oh if only there was a wine out there that had less calories that the rest…
Wait! There is!
Brancott Estate’s “Flight Song” Wines to the rescue!
First of all, I love the fact that they’re called “Flight Song”. The description of each of the wines was eye-catching as well.
The Sauvignon Blanc’s aroma is described as: “Pink grapefruit and passion fruit notes with hints of snow pea”, with the taste description of: “Ripe lemon acidity excites the palate”, and the Pinot Grigio aroma is described as: “Floral notes with fresh pear and lemon”, with the taste description of: “White peach and guava with ripe, citrus acidity”.
I couldn’t wait to try these out and see if I could pick out those aromas and flavors. But one of the best parts of these wines? The fact that they have 20% fewer calories compared to other wines. Score!
Brancott Estate Flight Song is made using grapes harvested earlier in the season when their sugar levels are naturally lower. This leads to a wine that is 20 per cent lighter in calories than a typical wine of the same varietal.
Which makes sense, since I typically do what is called a ‘late harvest’ on my grapes when I’m making my sweet wine. But since I prefer sweet over dry, how did these stand up to the taste test?
First up, the Pinot Grigio – I was pleasantly surprised by how citrusy refreshing it was, definitely perfect for the upcoming summer warmth. I could pick out the floral notes, but enjoyed the fruity undertones of the white peach and guava – the lemon balanced the sweetness out to perfection so it wasn’t too sweet, but not too dry either.
Very light and refreshing – and no taste sacrificed with the calorie reduction, either. The next time I cook salmon for dinner, I’m totally making sure this is ready for its close-up.
Next up was the Sauvignon Blanc – I could definitely pick out the aroma of pink grapefruit and passion fruit, but couldn’t quite get the snow pea. Of course it’s been a long time since I’ve smelled a snow pea, so that could be why I couldn’t pick it out.
On the taste side, I definitely tasted the lemon, but not in the “sour-puss-scrunch-up-your-face” way – it was deceptively sweet, but the acidity of the lemon was again perfect for keeping it on the refreshing side instead of too sweet. I could definitely see this paired with seafood, too.
While I’m always trepidatious about trying wines that come with a screw-cap vs. a cork, color me surprised that these wines are refreshingly delicious! I will certainly be happy to share them with my friends, and will undoubtedly see if I can find them in a wine shop locally.
Here are some interesting tidbits about Brancott Estate “Flight Song” Wines:
- Brancott Estate was the first to plant the Sauvignon Blanc grape in the Marlborough Region of New Zealand.
- Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc is now world renowned for its exceptional full flavor tastes.
- Brancott Estate has naturally crafted these new Flight Song wines to be full of flavor and happen to be lighter in calories.
- Harvesting earlier from select estate parcels results in a wine that is naturally 20% lighter in calories, with the full flavor consumers expect from a New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Grigio. The result is full-flavored, complex wines which deliver the taste and aromatics that consumers expect from a high quality Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc & Pinot Grigio.
Which of these Brancott Estate’s “Flight Song” Wines do you think you’d like to try?
Note: I participated in an Ambassador Program on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for Brancott Estate Wines. I received product samples to facilitate my review as well as a promotional item to thank me for my participation. As usual, all opinions are my own and not influenced by outside sources. See my disclosure policy here.