Ariel Cabernet Sauvignon 2020 : Review
Before we start: If you are new to drinking non-alcoholic wine try my 2 minute Guide to Non-Alcoholic Wine or my Top Rated Alcohol Free Wines. Ariel Cabernet Sauvignon is up there as one of the easiest to find non-alcoholic wines. On the back label it says it is “the only dealcoholised wine to win a gold medal against wines with alcohol.” So, it’s not just me looking at my website stats that know people want a good non-alcoholic red wine that tastes like…..read wine. Ariel get it. So, the big question….does this taste like alcoholic cabernet sauvignon? Personally, I’d say it does not. Like most other non-alcoholic red wines it feels like some of the soul of an alcoholic red wine is missing. This wine is deep purple colour with a medium intensity aroma of blackcurrant, stewed black cherry and a teeny weeny hint of rhubarb. The taste has solid core of faded blackcurrant with slightly stewed flavours at the edge of the palate. The balance of across the palate is good. There’s not much acidity or ‘bite’ compared to an alcoholic cabernet sauvignon, and certainly none of those classic cigar elements. So, in short a well balanced fruit driven red, low on acidity or bite.
< 0.5% ABV
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Lautus Savvy Red: The best dry red non-alcoholic wine there is in my opinion. South African.
Newblood Shiraz: An alternative contender to be the best dry red non-alcoholic wine. Australian.
Songbird Cabernet Sauvignon: The other contender to be best dry red. Also Australian.
Plus and Minus Shiraz (de-alcoholised): More zero alcohol Australian shiraz. This has a much lighter and fruiter style.
McGuigan Zero Shiraz (de-alcoholised). Most widely available, in retail stores such as Dan Murphy’s. Again, has a lighter and fruiter style.
Food Matching | Food Pairing
Proably lacks the acidity to be treated like a food wine. Certainly no match for red meat dishes as it lacks the acidity to cut through the fat and intensity. So maybe with white meat dishes, or treat as a quaffer.
Where to Buy
Globally, it’s one of the most widely distributed non-alcoholic wines. So start by looking on Amazon (US), Ariel’s website (again US buyers) or using your search engine. Global readers should use wine-searcher to find nearest stockist and price.
In Australia there are several vendors as well including Dan Murphys on the high street for under AUD 15. The major online vendors (SansDrinks, AlcoFree and CraftZero) of non-alcoholic wines will stock this too.