Wise Wolf, adding value to Languedoc wines through innovative packaging and green credentials

How can you add value to inexpensive Languedoc varietal wines? Accolade’s Banrock Station has brand crept to the South of France from its Australian roots and has used green credentials to make these wines stand out. They are packaged in 100% post-consumer recycled glass and are certified carbon neutral by the Carbon Trust. To emphasize this they are packaged distinctively in squat bottles with a very short neck, and a plastic screwcap covering a large rim with what looks like a low density polyethylene liner. The glass is ridged to try to give a recycled look and the paper is glued with a water-soluble glue to aid recycling.

Banrock Station Wise Wolf Chardonnay 2022 Pays d’Oc, France
13.5% alcohol
£9 Asda, £10 Morrisons, £11 Sainsbury’s
Attractive, rich, sweetly fruited with pear and peach, as well as a hint of clove and cedar (presumably from oak products like staves in tank). This is a very appealing rich style of Chardonnay with just a touch of sweetness on the finish. Attractive and a real crowd pleaser. 84/100

Banrock Station Wise Wolf Cabernet Sauvignon 2021 Pays d’Oc, France
14.5% alcohol
£9 Asda, £10 Morrisons, £11 Sainsbury’s
This is ripe, generous and sweetly fruited with some stewed plum and blackcurrant notes, with a smooth mouthfeel and a touch of sweetness on the finish. Bold and generous with nice weight in the mouth. 85/100