Laxative Additives Opens the Doors to Ridicule
No you did not misread. The Aussie’s are now using laxative additives in their wines to help prevent crystallization and cloudiness in white wines. This one is hard to believe but Dr. Vino gives a good summary.
“Australian wines have gained huge market share over the past few decades. But nobody has accused them of dumping. Until now. The Australian government has approved the addition of sodium carboxymethyl cellulose, which has “has long been prized by the medical world for its anti-bulking and laxative properties.” The cellulose gum prevents crystallization and cloudiness in white and sparkling wines. Wines containing the additive will not be labeled as such.”
Surely they could have found a different additive to use instead of something commonly used as a laxative. But the worst part of it to the consumer and thereby to the producers will be that they are not including this information on the label. That will end up hurting all Aussie wines. And, unfortunately as the photo here indicates… the Aussie‘s need to get ready for a serious avalanche of very bad jokes.
Photo credit Christian Yates
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