They ARE full-sized 75cl; the bottle is the thing though. It’s plastic. If you had ‘issues’ with bag-in-box wines and still haven’t embraced the benefits of screw-caps then may-hap these are not going to be for you.
Khulu Sky from South Africa is packaged in a unique, multi-layered PET bottle. Which they are, of course, keen to emphasize its benefits:
In addition to these environmental benefits Khulu Sky – khulu being the Zulu word for wonderful – is produced under WIETA (Wine and Agricultural Ethical Trade Association) certification. WIETA is a not for profit, voluntary association of many different stakeholders, who are committed to the promotion of ethical trade, at first in the wine sector, and now in agriculture as a whole. Stakeholders include producers, retailers, trade unions, non-governmental organisations and government. It’s primary aim is to improve the working conditions of agricultural employees.
The Khulu Sky range is also available in 18.5cl bottles – single serve to you and me – for £1.79. The full sized bottles have a retail price of £5.49.
The Khulu Sky Pinotage Rosé was rather delightful; quite full, an edge of spice to the pleasant berry flavours it slipped down a treat. Weighty enough to handle food – a mixed Chinese takeaway in our case but equally spiffing for drinking on its own. Good value I thought (Alcohol 12.5%).
The second in the range, a white Chenin has just a smidge of sweetness; pleasant easy drinking with a soft palate offering a touch of cress, herbs and a mineral dimension, it is sure to find many a devotee (Alcohol 13%).
There is a Shiraz too, one I am sipping on as I type. Simple pepper and blackberry on the nose, very soft and rounded on the palate, full, juicy with a twist of spice on the finish. Its nice; absolutely nothing wrong with it at all (Alcohol 13.5%). If you’re after a good value ‘house wine’, something to accompany a pizza, mixed grill or a poshed up burger then the Shiraz will certainly hit the mark. In fact all three are worthy of consideration (and, as I am oft reminded, £5.49 is, for many, more of a treat rather than a mid-week tipple). For me though the ethical and environmental elements are, in late 2009, of greater importance.
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