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.

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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.


  1. I am a huge fan of Brancott wines but can you believe that I live Down Under and I’ve not seen this range before?! I will have to look out for them. And don’t worry about screw top wines if they are from Australia or New Zealand. We rarely use corks here these days so even the most expensive wines have screw tops. Cheers!

    Thanks for sharing this!

    Best wishes,
    Natasha in Oz
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