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Banrock Station introduces a lower-alcohol red wine

As an alternative to some of the heavy-hitting 14 percenters around these days, Banrock Station has introduced a lower-alcohol red wine to the UK. Crimson Cabernet Sauvignon arrives here, following its successful launch in Australia, with only nine per cent alcohol by volume. The lighter-style Banrock is made by stopping the natural fermentation process before all the sugar turns to alcohol. This results in an off-dry wine. And who might it appeal to? Well, Richard Halstead of Wine Intelligence said in the UK Wine Show that, ‘There’s a slight indication that women prefer lower-alcohol wine.’ Banrock’s new bottle is also lightly spritzed and is available at Sainsbury’s priced at £4.79.