Fighting the flab (cont)…

Over-weight Champion – Original Series: Stellenbosch (Aldi)

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.

2020 Pecorino IGP Terre de Cheti (Aldi) – our lightweight champion to date (363 grams).


At the other end of the scale the lightest bottle is the above Pecorino. It weighs in empty at 363 grams (60% lighter than the Stellenbosch red) and 1112 grams when full, so a six bottle case (less packaging) is 6.7 kilos.
2019 Puglia Primitivo (Aldi) – 2nd lightest admirably light at 365 grams empty

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!!

Investing in Loire vineyards – intended to be this week’s post but due to technical problem will be along next week – fingers crossed!

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2 réflexions sur “Fighting the flab (cont)…

  1. denisboireau

    1050gr for the empty Domaine de Chambord ! The wine was like the bottle = more muscle than elegance.
    The Marionnet family is in charge of making the wine, The strange choice of that super-heavy bottle is probably more of a marketing choice from the Chateau de Chambord. I will be curious to chat about it with Jean-Sebastien Marionnet.

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