Lautus De-alcoholised Chardonnay (less than 0.5% alc)

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Lautus De-alcoholised Chardonnay (less than 0.5% alc)

 Non-alcoholic | Vegan friendly | Low in Calories

Tasting Notes 

Light pale straw in colour, showcasing pure aromas of summer fruit and citrus, leaning more towards Kumquat and orange. Spicy undertones from light oaking. The fine tannin underpins the fresh acidity. To be enjoyed in its purist and natural form without the restrictions of alcohol.


Careful winemaking practices were followed to retain all the beautiful aromatics. Crushed, lightly pressed and settled overnight. Fermentation was done with a selected yeast strain at 14- 16°C. Left on lees for 2 months prior to racking to the second phase of production.


Reg Holder started his career with vintages in France, Australia and the USA before returning to South Africa. He then spent 11 years as the winemaker at both Neil Ellis and Delheim. In 2015, while his wife was pregnant with their first child, he started experimenting with de-alcoholised wine for her. When they were expecting their second, in 2017, Reg decided that he was going to move full time into the Lautus de-alcoholised project.

Reg uses his traditional winemaking expertise to craft an outstanding base wine. He then removes the alcohol using a state of the art piece of machinery before carbonating (the traditional Champagne method cannot be used as it will create alcohol in the bottle) the de-alcoholised wine.

He then uses a state of the art piece of machinery that combines centrifugal force and a vacuum in order to extract the alcohol while leaving the wines’ volatile flavour and aromatic essence intact.

So how do they do it?! Remove the alcohol?

The alcohol is removed via spinning cone technology at low temperature under vacuum. The initial phase is to first remove the flavour, and set aside. The alcohol is then removed and once completed the flavour is added back to the de-alcoholised wine. Because there is significant volume loss during this process, a portion of the alcohol water is then again put through the process to extract the water, and added back. This helps to fill out the palate and balance acidity. Normal winemaking practices are followed from here in preparation for bottling. Alc: < 0,5% RS: 26g/L TA: 6.2 PH: 3.3


Year N/V
Bottle Size 750ml 
Cultivar 100% Chardonnay
Country South Africa
Alcohol content
less than 0.5% alc vol 
Type De-alcoholised Wine
16 calories per 100ml
3.2g per 100ml
Dietary Information Vegan & Vegetarian approved & Low Calorie
Food Matches Pairs beautifully with oysters or a light creamy garlic pasta. Serve between 6-8C
Origin South Africa