Riot Wine Co has launched a new variety of wine, a single vineyard McLaren Vale Grenache called Riot Rouge, adding to its range of wines in cans.

Riot Wine Co, which is based in McLaren Vale South Australia, started producing wine in stainless-steel kegs before introducing wine in a can in March 2017.

The says it winemaker moved into cans to make wine more portable and to elminate glassware and provide a more sustainable product.

Wine in a can follows a notable trend for canned wine in the United States with Nielsen data showing sales of the product growing 43 per cent from June 2017 to June 2018, developing into a $45 million business.

Riot Wine Co winemaker and co-founder Tommy O’Donnell said the use of stainless-steel kegs and aluminium cans means the wine is not negatively affected by light or oxygen, reducing the need for preservatives and limiting wastage.

“The cans are sealed in an anaerobic environment, where no UV sees the wine until it is poured into a glass. This means the wine stays at maximum freshness and only a third of the amount of sulphur dioxide is used, compared to a bottled wine.” he said.

Riot Rouge joins three other varieties already available in the 250mL can range including Riot Blanc (2017 Sauvignon Blanc), Riot Rose (2017 Grenache Sangiovese) and Riot Cuvee (2017 Sparkling Chardonnay. Each can is approximately 2.5 standard drinks.

Riot wine cans are available in selected independent retailers nationally and online through The Dan Murphy’s Connections with an RRP of $24.99 for a four-pack or $84.99 for a case of 12 cans.

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