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What is Resveratrol?

What is resveratrol?

One of the main ways the body ages or degenerates is by oxidation, the same process that causes rusting. That is why there is now great interest in antioxidants of various types, because antioxidants are substances that retard or slow down this deterioration by oxidation. The standard benchmark antioxidants that humans take are Vit C and E, but they only reduce oxidation by up to 20%. Other organic compounds such as amines (nitrogen containing organic compounds derived from ammonia) and phenols (a group of organic compounds which contain hydroxyl or OH attached to a carbon atom in a ring of carbon atoms) also act as antioxidants.

The main antioxidants in wine are epicatechin, quercitin and more importantly the polyphenol Resveratrol. These are nature's most potent antioxidants because they can reduce oxidation by up to 100% i.e. stop it altogether as shown by Dr. Frankel at the University in California at Davis in California. They occur mainly in the grape skin to protect it from external diseases such as fungus during a very moist vintage.

The human body uses many complex biochemical pathways and reactions to function; but these reactions result in waste products such as free radicals (molecular compounds that contain an extra unpaired electron). These free radicals are the body's terrorists and cause biological havoc which helps contribute to our degenerative ongoing diseases such as cancer, dementia, diabetes, vascular disease (heart attack and stroke), macular degeneration (most common cause of blindness in people over 65) and arthritis. The fermentation process, in making wine, produces alcohol and liberates these antioxidants from the grape skin, which also block the effect of these free radicals.

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Wine Doctor Resveratrol Enhanced Wine 2015 Shiraz

R.E.W Barossa Valley Shiraz 2015

Made with fruit from our own Barossa Valley vineyard, this wine exhibits ripe plum fruit with a touch of oak complexity giving notes of spice, plum and chocolate. The flavours of ripe plum continue to the palate with spice and chocolate evident. This Shiraz is balanced by firm but ripe tannins making the wine approachable immediately.

- Brian Light, Wine Maker

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Concentrated Reservatrol Enhanced Wine

ResElixir is a new product which is a concentrated form of Resveratrol Enhanced Wine for those who want to avoid consuming much alcohol; as each bottle contains only 30 mls of wine, equal to a quarter of a standard drink of alcohol.


Resveratrol is a natural anti-oxidant compound found in grape skins and is the only substance to stimulate the production of SIRT 1 by the body. SIRT 1 is a member of the sirtuin group of compounds which makes cells live longer by stimulating the cell’s energy producer, the mitochondria, to produce more energy for the cell.

The small 30 ml bottle contains the daily dose of resveratrol which is absorbed the best way, via the mouth’s lining or buccal mucosa, by swirling the contents around in the mouth for 2-3 minutes before swallowing.

Normal resveratrol supplements are consumed either as pills or capsules. They are then absorbed from the intestine, via the portal system, to the liver which then metabolises a lot of the resveratrol, thus reducing its dose. This is called the “first pass effect” of the liver. By contrast resveratrol is best absorbed directly into the blood system, up to 250 times more, via the mouth’s buccal mucosa – that is why ResElixir is the best way to absorb your daily dose of resveratrol.

Dr. Philip NORRIE MBBS, MA, MSc, MSocSc[Hons], PhD, MD

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To purchase The Wine Doctor REW wines contact Dean Kilby on
+61 (0)499 791 949 or email

It is against the law to sell or supply alcohol to, or to obtain alcohol on behalf of, a person under the age of 18 years.


The Wine Doctor Resveratrol Enhanced Wines are currently available only in Australia and China. However, agents are being sought in overseas markets and we intend that the wines be both widely available and affordable.

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