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khulu sky range

If I have one criticism of this new range of wines is their size – I was so convinced they were 50cl bottles that I wasted a good couple of hours researching the growth and apparent interest in this bottle size before young Phil poked me in the ribs with the empty bottle of Pinotage Rosé and showed the 75cl emblazoned on the label.

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:

  • Light and unbreakable
  • Eco-friendly
  • Lightweight so reduces the carbon footprint
  • 100% recyclable

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.

5 Comments »

  1. Dylan says:

    Would heat effect these bottles differently during transportation due to their physical composition? For better or worse?

  2. do you mean the contents itself? I see the wine is bottled in Europe…

  3. caz says:

    I agree, I think it’s great that this is an eco- friendly wine and that that is of great importance in this day and age. I was just wondering, would that make any difference to the taste of the wine after a while? Are there any great benefits to drinking wine from a glass bottle? Does it preserve it for longer?

  4. Jeanne says:

    My first reaction would be “wine in plastic? ewwww….” but then I willingly drink box wine!!
    I reckon that in the long term, you will get a plasticky taste from the storage in plastic, but like with box wine, what are the chances of people laying these down for more than the time it tkes to drive from Tesco/Waitrose/Asda/wherever back to your house with the bottle in your shopping? ;-)

  5. I can’t recall the exact statistic but 98% of wine purchased is consumed within 12 hours or summat… these wines are not really created for long aging anyway…

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