I was lucky to be sent a free full size bottle of
Banrock Station Light
through their Facebook page ( I wasn’t the only 1 quite a lot of bottles where given away)
I was very restrained & popped it straight in the fridge to chill & then promptly forgot about it!
I know I know I can hear you asking yourself “how can you forget it?” Well the odd hours I work it’s difficult to have a glass of wine with my evening meal.
Anyway Sunday dinner was the perfect time to try it out. Nicely chilled it was gorgeous to go with my roast pork dinner.
It was full of flavour & nice & light to drink, I mean that it didn’t seem a heavy wine which some can do. It was lovely & fruity. I’m not sure why I’m talking about it in the past tense as I only had the 1 glass of it & the rest is still in the fridge patiently waiting for me.
Normally if I have a glass of wine at lunch time I feel quite sluggish & sleepy in the afternoon but I didn’t & it was only 56calories! Yes 56 calories (that’s per 125ml glass). How fantastic is that? You can still drink & lose weight so you don’t have to give up everything you love! That’s also 0.7 alcohol units per 125ml glass, that’s 5.5% Vol per bottle.
Banrock Station Light is produced in Australia from Shiraz grapes.
It’s labelled as being “Vibrant & fruity”, vibrant with red berry fruit aromas & a taste packed with juicy strawberry, raspberry & cherry flavours, balanced by a touch of sweetness.
Banrock Station prides itself on it’s passion to nurture the earth which has helped them to create the perfect environment for their grapvines to thrive. This dedication has supported 95 environmental projects in 13 countries resulting in them donating over £2.3m!! Thank you Banrock Station for sending me the bottle to try out, I thoroughly enjoyed it & will definitely be buying it in the future. To find more out about Banrock Station‘s ranges of wines check out their website.
In the mean time please read below to find out how much Banrock Station are doing to help the environment.
Fine Australian wines, making an impact around the world.
For over a decade, Banrock Station wines have brought the pleasure of fine Australian wine and the message of conservation to the world. Part proceeds of every sale have already contributed to conservation projects in 60 countries.
Raise a glass of Banrock Station and you raise funds for conservation. With every Banrock Station wine sold we donate to environmental projects around the globe.
UK: the eden project
Among the conservation projects sponsored by Banrock Station in the UK is one which reaches out to the everyday gardener. A partnership with the Eden Project demonstrates how everyone can make a difference with sustainable and environmentally friendly gardening practices.
Australia: wetland restoration & water conservation
Across Australia, significant funding has been directed to conserving the country’s wetlands and waterways, especially crucial in a land where every drop of water is precious. Some projects are focused on specific endangered species while others conserve and restore the natural landscape for the benefit of multiple species of plants and animals.
In January 2012, we commenced a managed dry phase for the Banrock Station wetland. This is an extremely important part of our managed wetland cycle, which is returning the wetland to a healthier and more natural state. The dry phase is important for vegetation and soil health, and, when we flood the wetland after the dry, it provides the trigger that many of our wetland creatures need in order to breed. The current dry phase has added importance, as it will enable us to again remove introduced carp from the wetland, which entered with last year’s over-bank flooding.
During the dry phase, visitors can experience a completely different wetland by taking the Wetland Bed Walk across the ‘crazy paving’ cracked clay. There is much to see and learn here, about how plants and animals are adapted to our highly variable climate, and about the benefits of the managed wetland cycle. Recommended walks during the dry phase range from 45 minutes to 1 & 1/2 hours.
Subject to water availability, we plan to begin our next wet phase in mid to late Winter 2012, to mimic the natural cycle.
Norway: tracking climate change impact on polar bears
The coldest regions of the world offer some of the greatest insights into climate change. In Norway Banrock Station has supported WWF/Norwegian Polar Institute research, tracking radio-collared polar bears to determine changes in their behaviours. This research has helped spread the message about local impact on polar bears and the implications of climate change worldwide.
USA: Conserving natural assets
Across many states, Banrock Station’s funding has supported valuable conservation projects, commencing in the world renowned Florida Everglades. Highlights include:
- Creeks to Coast interpretive displays, Ship CreekUnplugged – Anchorage Alaska
- Appalachian Trail Conservancy – New Hampshire
- Columbia Land Trust, Walluski River Intertidal Wetland Restoration and Education Project – Oregon
- Save the Bay, Salt marsh restoration – Narragansett Bay, Rhode Island
- New Jersey Conservation Foundation wetland restoration at the Franklin Parker Preserve – New Jersey
- Pennsylvania Environmental Council Great River Greening Community wetlands projects in the French Creek Watershed – Pennsylvania
Sweden: wetland restoration
In conjunction with the Swedish Wetlands Association, Banrock is helping with the restoration and creation of numerous wetlands. Many are on former farming land and demonstrate the benefits of wetland creation to local landowners.
The Malmasjön Wetland at Oster-Malma is an important nesting and resting ground for the Black Headed Gull. This gull will attack birds of prey by screaming and chasing them away from their colonies, which also protects other water birds in the wetland. The restored habitat includes both shallow and deep water and a nesting island where birds can breed in peace and safety.
Canada: restoring salmon to Lake Ontario
Canada is home to some of the world’s most extensive and significant wetlands and waterways. Banrock Station has helped fund ‘Bring Back the Salmon’, a major project that has reintroduced Atlantic Salmon to Lake Ontario, where these magnificent fish had been wiped out since 1900.
Netherlands: reintroduction of otters
Otters were last recorded in the Netherlands in 1983. Water pollution and the continual decline of open water areas necessary for breeding had taken its toll. With funding from Banrock Station, Staatsbosbeheer, a national forestry conservation authority, began regeneration of natural habitat and the creation of open water areas in the DeWeerribben National Park. This is providing breeding areas for critical and rare species of dragonfly, butterflies, birds and, of course, otters. In 2002, 15 otters were reintroduced and it is hoped numbers will increase.