September 10, 2015

YVONNE LORKIN: Juice from winery grapes has more kick.

"In all my years writing wine columns, one of the most common questions I'm asked is whether it's possible to find grape juice made from the types of grapes that make wine? Why? Because believe me, once you’ve tasted the juice of a wine grape, it's almost impossible to go back to bland old grape juice.

There are a few wine producers in New Zealand producing non-alcoholic grape juice from the same grapes as they make their wine, and they’re great because they taste like the wine they’d normally make yet they're sweeter and contain no alcohol.

This week I tasted a new range of pure grape juices from First Press in Gisborne. They're made from Hexton-grown Chardonnay, a lychee-laden Gewurztraminer from Patutahi and fruit from Tolaga Bay goes into their Merlot and a spicy-sweet rosé crafted from Syrah grapes.