Saturday, May 31, 2014

Voyager Estate Sparkling Grape Juice

Sparkling Grape Juice
Voyager Estate

+61 8 9385 3133

As a professional Cadbury (glass and a half, that's all it takes), I am always on the look out for a non-alcoholic substitute that isn't Coke or a lemon lime bitters. I just may have found my answer. 

Figure 1: "Made from exceptional quality fruit" 

Figure 2: Food Blogger Perk #47 - surprise deliveries from wineries!

I was super delighted this month to receive an email from Voyager Estate in Margaret River, asking if I would like to try their Sparkling Grape Juice. My little present arrived on a Thursday morning, and I couldn't help but tear open both boxes right on my front doorstep. 

Figure 3: Red and white

I love the little story behind this product. If you read the back of the bottle, the label reads:

"What do you do when you are passionate about growing grapes and making wine, but don't drink alcohol? When faced with this conundrum, Voyager Estate founder, Michael Wright, created a drink he could truly love whilst still sampling the fruits of his labours - his own sparkling grape juice. And, believing that he might be onto something, we make sure there is enough to share with anyone with a sympathetic palate."

Figure 4: Date night

I cracked open a white one first (it's been freezing in Perth lately, it didn't even need chilling). It wasn't at all what I was expecting. It was crisp on the tongue, clean, and had lovely tones of apple and honey. Light and refreshing, I think it would be perfect to take in a basket to King's Park for a summertime picnic. 

The white grapes that Voyager Estate uses is machine-harvested at around 14 to 15 Baumé (280 to 300g/L sugar). Once harvested, the grapes are crushed, chilled and pressed immediately. After filtering and adjusting, the juice is put into tanks to be pressurised with carbon dioxide to fill the juice with bubbles. The juice is then bottled under pressure and passed through an in-line pasteuriser that will sterilise the product to ensure the long life of the finished grape juice. 

Figure 5: White Sparkling Grape Juice 

Figure 6: Colour

Then I cracked open the red one. When I poured it and the light came through it, it became this crazy fuschia colour before cascading into my glass, all pink and bubbles. Slightly denser texture than the white version, and flavours more like blackberry and lemon. 

The red grape juice is made the same way as the white, but the skins are left on the grapes for 6-8 hours after crushing to maximise the extraction of the red colour and make the finished product a soft, rosy pink. Out of the two, I probably preferred the white, which was lighter and tasted slightly less sweet to me. 

Figure 7: Red Sparkling Grape Juice

If I had to sum up this product in one sentence, it's be: "Soft drink for foodies". And if any foodies out there want to try it, I have two boxes of this stuff sitting in my living room, just waiting to be given away. 

Email me here if you'd like to take some off my hands! 

1 comment:

Margaret Lewis said...

Belinda kindly gave me a few samples of the Voyager sparkling grape juice. I love to have some good quality non-alcoholic alternatives on hand for guests and the Voyager has been very well received. I also chose the Voyager sparkling grape juice for a lunch drink at The Bistro Gallery, Yallingup, when I dined there in July. I was participating in a 'Dry July' so I was really pleased to see it on the drinks menu.