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Orange is the new wine

Budget supermarket Aldi has announced they will be stocking a natural orange wine for the bargain price of £5.99.

You’re probably imagining it will be the equivalent of alcoholic Fanta, but this Instagram-friendly drink has an aroma and taste more akin to luscious apricots, sweet vanilla and juicy peaches than the round orange fruit.

The name itself comes from the deep orange colour which is created by leaving both the grape skins and seeds in contact with the pressed juice. Produced using 85% Chardonnay and 15% Sauvignon Blanc grapes, it incorporates the richness of a red wine with the freshness of a white.

Fermented naturally without the addition of yeasts or added sulphur, natural wines are produced with minimal technical or chemical interference. Essentially, natural wines are wines that are produced without adding or removing anything during winemaking. The resulting wines are an authentic representation of the natural environment in which they were made; from the soil to the climate.

Thankfully, the majority of natural wines are suitable for vegans and Aldi’s new addition is no exception to this with it being clearly marked as vegan on the front of the bottle, not once, but twice!

As there are no preservatives in this wine it is recommended to be consumed as soon as possible in order to enjoy the aromas and flavours at their freshest. Ideal on its own as an aperitif or paired with spicy dishes including vegan Thai Green Curry.

Find out more about vegan drink and food on the website or follow me on Instagram and Twitter here: @forkandcarrot.

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