Sulphite Free Wines

 

 

 

We specialise in sulphite free wines. Some of the terminology has changed since we set up in 2007. As has been pointed out to me by the Wine Standards Board there is technically no recognition of this term under EU law, but the EU only requires the term "contains sulphites" to be displayed on wines containing more than 10 parts per million (and the same with USA law)). In the EU's own words, according to Part E of annex II EC No 1333/2008 "Maximum levels are expressed as SO2 relate to the total quantity, available from all sources, an SO2 content of not more than 10 mg/kg or 10 mg/l is not considered to be present". So this appears to confirm that the EU regards that when levels are 10 parts per million or below, that S02 is not considered to be present. Perhaps not a conclusive official recognition that a wine is sulphite free, but if the EU consider no sulphite is present I can't see any reason why the wine shouldn't be referred to as sulphite free to help the consumer make an educated and informed choice.

Some will have a minute amount (below 10ppm) of natural sulphites produced during fermentation but these are harmless. It is the sulphites which are a man made chemical compound liberally added to mainstream wines at various stages from vineyard to factory, which are bad for you and a danger to your health. Occasionally the naturally occurring sulphite in one of these wines may just go over the 10ppm threshold. According to EU rules we are not permitted to state that any wines above this threshold may be fine for somebody with a sulphite allergy, the wine must contain the words "contains sulphites" on the label. It would be inappropriate for me to elaborate any further on this as I don't want to appear to be challenging the EU rules, but suffice to say that different people will have different tolerance levels, and the EU's choice to use 10ppm as their threshold is not definitive as to whether or not sulphite intolerant people will have an adverse reaction. This is simply the level at which they deem it a legal requirement to display bthe words "contains sulphites" on the label.

Our sulphite free wines are made by artisan producers in very small quantities, some literally just a few thousand bottles or even less. Most farm organically or biodynamically although not all are certified, as certification for EU Organic is no longer worth the paper it is written on, let alone the extortionate fees. They relaxed the rules to allow big business to hijack the organic term and now over 40 additives are permitted in EU certified Organic wine, plus dubious practices such as reverse osmosis - a very heavy filtering which removes all the goodness. However our producers are the genuine article, and if they don't use sulphites they don't add any of the other 80+ additives permitted in mainstream wines either. These wines are basically just fermented grape juice as wine should be.

Sulphite free wines, particularly whites and roses, have a different taste profile to mainstream wines as they cannot have high levels of acidity. They also don't have increased aromas or initial flavours from introduced yeasts. But the plus side to this is they also don't have a bitter finish from added sulphur. So on first sip they can be quite dull. But take another sip and the flavour increases. Then another sip and it gets stronger again. Soon you find yourself loving the wine although you're not quite sure why! Whereas with a mainstream wine you have to keep sipping to get rid of the bitter finish from the last sip, with sulphite free wines you just get pure delicate flavours.

The reds are more mainstream in style due to the natural tannins which are strong anti oxidants protecting the wine.

We also have a wide range of low sulphite wines on our site including but not limited to our Organic section. For example we have excellent artisan producers like Anton Malan at Rainbow's End in Stellenbosch producing exceptional quality wines with very low sulphite (or other additive) levels which are delicious and a great healthy lifestyle choice.

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  1. La Selva Privo sulphite free wine

    La Selva Organic Privo NAS Sangiovese - a sulphite free Sangiovese which has cherry flavours and a lovely natural balance.

    This is one of our best selling sulphite free wines.

     

    Free sulphur: <5

    Organic: Yes

    Sustainable farming: Yes

    Gluten free: Yes

    No wood used: Yes

    Vegan: Yes

    Sulphite level: Sulphite Free

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    £11.99
  2. Domaine D'Anglas Farigoulette Rose sulphite free wine

    Fresh stock just arrived - please note it is unfiltered so will contain some sediment so please pour carefully.

    Our best selling sulphite free Rose wine.

    Pale pink in colour. Full in the mouth with a dry and slightly nutty finish.

    Please note sulphite free rose wines are not like mainstream rose wines with added sugars and acids. If you are after that style of Rose we advise you not to order this wine but try something like our La Selva Organic Rosato or Cairanne Organic Insouciante instead.

    Please be aware - this wine is unfiltered so there will be some sediment, which will have been disturbed during transit. We suggest leaving the bottle upright for a few days to allow the sediment to settle at the bottom, or pour very carefully/decant if you want to drink it sooner.

    Free sulphur: <5

    Organic: Yes

    Sustainable farming: Yes

    Gluten free: Yes

    No wood used: Yes

    Vegan: Yes

    Sulphite level: Sulphite Free

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    £10.99
  3. Cave de Cairanne Cotes du Rhone Rose Sans Sulfite

    Brand new wine.

    Fantastic! We were very pleased with this.

    Great colour (looks much darker in the image). Full strawberry flavours, soft and round. A bit "fatter" than their other rose wines (due to no added sulphur) which makes it a great accompaniment to spicy foods. But it's equally lovely to enjoy on it's own.

    This is filling the gap until we can get more Mayrac Esprit Nature (which is en route) or more D'Anglas, and it is just as good as either of those!

    Sulphite level: Sulphite Free

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    £10.99
  4. Cave de Cairanne Cotes du Rhone Rouge Sans Soufre

     

    A good entry level Cotes Du Rhone without added sulphites. Great value.

     

    Vegan: Yes

    Sulphite level: Sulphite Free

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    £10.99
  5. Costes Cirgues Pont du Jour Rose sulphite free wine

    Very popular. Sells out very quickly for us, being our most complex sulphite free Rose.

    It is a natural wine, so not like mainstream Rose. It contains sediment. Flavours are soft and delicate with a slight nutty finish. If you are looking for mainstrean style we suggest you opt for the Cairanne Cotes du Rhone Rose instead.

    Free sulphur: <5

    Organic: Yes

    Sustainable farming: Yes

    Gluten free: Yes

    No wood used: Yes

    Vegan: Yes

    Sulphite level: Sulphite Free

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    £11.99

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