Back in February one of my Tuesday posts ‘Wine also has an obesity problem…’ covered the varying weight of wine bottles and I complained about unnecessarily heavy ‘obese’ bottles. I have continued to record the weight of wine bottles we have broached: weighing them when they are full and empty. To date the rather good Stellenbosch red above is still the heaviest bottle I have recorded.
When full this Cabernet/ Merlot weighs in at a whopping – 1673 grams, so a six bottle case will weigh at least 10.04 kilos and a 12 bottle case 20.08 kilos. A 12-bottle case of this Stellenbosch red is just under 5 kilos less tan a standard sack of cement!! Hopefully for the sake of the backs of people of who have to lift this monster they don’t do 12 bottle cases.
Wine bottles that weigh less than 400 grams when empty:
|2020 Pecorino, IGP Terre de Cheti (Aldi): 363 grams|
2019 Primitivo Puglia, Castellore (Aldi): 365 grams)
2020 Nero d’Avola, Castellore (Aldi): 366 grams
2019 Montepulciano d’Abruzzo, Castellore (Aldi): 367 grams
2019 Estevez Cabernet Sauvignon, Chile (Aldi): 369 grams
2016 Toro Loco Reserva, Utiel Requena (Aldi): 386 grams
The Society Fino (The Wine Society): 393 grams
2019 Animus Douro, Tinto (Aldi): 398 grams
2019 Tannat Edition Limitada, Uruguay (Aldi): 398 grams
2019 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserva, Estevez (Aldi): 399 grams
Wine bottles that weigh more than 600 grams when empty:
2019 Stellenbosch Original Series Cabernet Sauvignon/Merlot (Aldi): 914 grams
2014 Jarret de Monchenin, Château de Passavant: 802 grams
NV Grande Alberone Zinfandel (Aldi): 699 grams
2017 Aglianico del Vulture, Editione Limitado (Aldi): 651 grams
2019 Gavi, Castellore (Aldi): 639 grams
2020 Soave Classico, Castellore (Aldi): 605 grams
It is crazy that there is such a wide variation in the weight of wine bottles used. Interesting to see that while some of Aldi’s bottles are commendably light, some are ridiculously heavy. It may well be that this is the same with other supermarkets. It just so happens that I am buying a number of wines from Aldi at the moment. Given their purchasing power supermarkets should be setting an upper weight limit for their still wine bottles – bottle fermented wines require heavier bottles. For a transitional start I would suggest that all still wine bottles do not need more than 499 grams when empty and within a short period this should be reduced to 400 grams as a maximum.
As you can see from above I continue to be very impressed by the wine selection at Aldi both in terms of value but also with some left-field selections like their very good 2017 Aglianico del Vulture, Editione Limitado costing £6.99 – bargain but shame about the over-heavy bottle!!