Tasting notes compiled by Michael Oliver food and wine commentator and lifetime achievement award winner for Eat Out. Our Red and White Non-Alcoholic Wine is the perfect drink in South Africa.
Norah’s Valley Velvet Red 2018 is a de-alcoholised wine made from the Pinotage grape in the Nuy Wine of Origin Appellation. The alcohol is removed from the finished wine by using technology where the wine is put through a spinning cone which sends the wine through different membranes at high revolution, removing the alcohol with no additions and chemical free.
Norah’s Valley Silk White 2020 is a premium de-alcoholised wine made of the finest Sauvignon Blanc grapes from the Western Cape Wine of Origin Appellation. Less than 0.05% alcohol, low in sugar, and officially dry. The Norah’s Valley Silk White has low calories, and the result is a crisp delicate bodied wine.
Maturation – 6 months in second fill French Oak Barrels (Velvet Red)
In the cellar
We brought the grapes to the wine cellar and later destalked and crushed them. A period of 3 days of cold maceration took place before fermentation. Punching down every three hours, three times a day for the first three days extracts maximum color, aroma, flavor, and soft juicy tannins. The fermentation takes place following maturation in French Oak Barrels.
An elegantly labeled Burgundy-shaped bottle, closed with a screw cap is for Velvet Red. In the glass, the non-alcoholic wine is a translucent dark cherry red. The aromas are bright fruit, cherry, mulberry, and roadside brambles. The palate is delicate, though generous. The oak is there in the undertow to support the fruit. Basically, well balanced and harmonious in the waning aftertaste.
An elegantly labeled leaf-coloured bottle, closed with a screw cap is for Silk White. Above all, the wine in the glass is a pale golden straw. Besides, bright fruit, desiccated pineapple, and mango give an exotic aroma. The palate is delicate and generous with the pineapple repeated, winter melon, mango, and an undertow of sweet tropical limes. Basically, well balanced and harmonious in the waning aftertaste.A perfect taste for your next mocktails.
Norah’s Valley Velvet Red is an excellent food partner undoubtedly. Serving it lightly chilled will enhance your experience. Seared Tuna with a good dipping sauce, Carpaccio of Beef, and Gammon with a sweet-sour cherry sauce would all make great partners.
The Norah’s Valley Silk White is one of the best non-alcoholic wines and offers a great glass on its own, as a mid-morning refresher, as an aperitif, and is an excellent food partner without a doubt. Hence, served chilled at between 7°C and 10°C. Crisp summery salads, chicken, fish, seafood, or goat cheese all certainly make great partners.