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Rewined – local wine, local scheme

By johnboy 18 May 2006 6


In quite a few of the Local Liquors around town you can find Rewined, the brainchild of the sisters, Sarah and Jaime Lunney. It’s a wine bottle recycling scheme with some pretty decent wine in the bottles.

Basically if you go to a Rewined outlet you can buy a litre bottle of wine (several varieties) with a swing top lid (and a shrinkwrapped quality seal) for $14.

If you wash out your bottle and take it back next time you can get another one for $11.

I bought a bottle of Shiraz at the Bus Depot Markets. It’s an attractive decagonal 1 litre bottle, made of clear glass with a swing top. Rather handy for picnics I’d imagine.

On the reverse of the above flyer they mention that “most” of their wine comes from their family vineyard, Four Winds of Murrumbateman.

Whatever the provenance of the shiraz I ended up with it was a perfect table wine. For $11 a litre I don’t expect greatness, and for a shiraz it was on the light side with not much of the distinctive blackberry and pepper that a great shiraz should serve up in spades. But is is an eminently quaffable and fun red wine, perfect for sharing with friends over food.

It’s a neat idea, it’s well priced, the wine is good, and it’s better for the environment than melting down recycled glass and re-smelting it.

You can get in on the act at the following Local Liquors’s: Ainslie, Chapman, Cook, Florey, Hackett, Hawker, Holder, Kingston, Lyneham, McKellar, Richardson, Yarralumla. And also at; Australian Wine Brokers, Braddon, Gundaroo Wine Bar, Kingston Bus Depot Markets, Oaks Estate vintage cellars.

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H 11:38 am 19 May 06

Don’t forget the Richardson IGA.

I liked the bottle but not the wine. Kept the bottle to use as a cold water in the frdige bottle.

Slinky the Shocker 11:16 am 19 May 06

che: yes, and stick a grange label on it *hehe*. agree with big al that cleanskins are the way to go!

che 9:42 am 19 May 06

I also liked the idea but thought the wine wasn’t that great
the other option for use of course is to fill the bottle up from your cask of choice, which can then be taken to friends places for some easy drinking without looking to cheap arse
in fact I’ll try this tonight

Big Al 8:11 am 19 May 06

It could be the clear bottle that’s the problem. Wine (and other alcohol products) are light sensitive – thats why most products with any ‘shelf life’ traditionally come in coloured glass. High turn-over products can get away with clear glass, but if the bottle is out on the shelf for more than a month or so you could expect to get a drop in quality – by that I mean taste. In the trade its called ‘light strike’. Improve turnover and the quality will probably improve.

If you’re after quaffing wine but cant come at a cask there are some good buys available in ‘clean-skins’ – unlabled wines – often available from some of the bigger retailers.

Vic Bitterman 10:22 pm 18 May 06

Yeah we tried one too. Not impressed. But, nothing ventured, nothing gained. Good on em for trying.

I think we’ll stick with 2 litre casks for quaffing wine, which is the sort of market this ‘scheme’ is aiming at.

Slinky the Shocker 9:37 pm 18 May 06

I liked the idea, however I found the wine was ghastly… and I am not a wine snob.

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