Along with the awesome dancing skills, the excellent decision making and the sharp banter that lives inside your favourite bottle of wine, there are also sulphites lurking away. These can be naturally occurring or artificial chemicals that are added to the wine to preserve it and are no longer needed once the bottle is opened.
For most people sulphites cause no issue other than subtly changing the taste of the wine, but for those with sulphite sensitivities it can cause allergic reactions (although this is a very small percentage of the population.) The Üllo Wine Purifier filters out the sulphites by using a food-grade polymer which targets sulphites but allows the compounds to flow through, leaving the natural flavours and aromas unaffected.
Some wines need aeration and some do not, so the Üllo can be twisted to open the aeration channels if needed. It’s worth getting a bottle of red that needs to breathe just for how aesthetically pleasing it is to watch it twirl its way into your glass. Each filter purifies one 750ml bottle of wine. It has been designed to sit on top of a variety of wine glasses, decanters and carafe. It comes with an attractive silicone base to catch the drips between uses, a travel bag and four Selective Sulphite Capture single bottle filters.
The Üllo is dishwasher safe and made from BPA-free materials, with compact dimensions of 5 7/8” (H) x 4 3/8” (W). For the price, however, I expected the finish to be cleaner - there are some tatty edges and the overall quality is just a little less than I expected. There is also the additional expense of replacing the filters: one box of 10 will cost you £30 and last you 10 bottles of wine.
As someone who isn’t sensitive to sulphites, I can’t say with any certainty how effective it was. However, I can say it aerated the wine well and after using the filter the wine tasted smoother. Ideal for serious wine fans with plenty of money! RRP $79.99
4.4 out of 5
Filters sulfites and aerates at the same time
Easy to use
Look good when aerate channels are open
Attractive silicone base
Fits a large variety of glasses and decanters
Finish could be cleaner for the price
Replacement filter are expensive