Domaine de la Prade Cabernet Merlot: Review
Before we start: If you are new to drinking non-alcoholic wine try my 2 minute Guide to Non-Alcoholic Wine. Domaine de la Prade Cabernet Merlot is often touted at the best international red zero-alcohol wine, and is priced accordingly at AUD 25 a bottle. So, it is of interest from a curiosity and benchmarking point of view.
Where it is most successful is in capturing a hint of the deep darker flavours of organically grown cabernet sauvignon and merlot. The emphasis is on the word ‘hint’ as there is red fruit on the palate and some morello cherry. The more I drank the more noticed the grape juice added to the wine giving it a little sweetness in the finish. Medium bodied, it is very balanced on the palate. It’s not archetypal cab merlot, but, then again, none of the zero-alcohol red wines I’ve tasted to date meet the classic flavour profile of grape varieties used in the alcoholic versions. The process to remove alcohol seems to have remove a bit of soul from this wine making it borderline dusty/wet cardboard. Other dry red non-alcoholic red wines that gets the darker flavours ares Newblood Shiraz and Songbird Cabernet Sauvignon which are ten dollars cheaper, and avoid those dusty/wet nuances I’ve just written about, and also Spain’s Win.e Tempranillo at AUD 18.
So, it is reasonable drink that does need to improve in the glass. At AUD 24 (~USD 17.5) it is quite expensive compared to other zero-alcohol wines of comparable quality.
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Newblood Shiraz 2019 (no alcohol). Non-alcoholic wine made in NSW, Australia. Along with Songbird Cab Sav (below) arguably the best non-alcoholic dry red out there, from anywhere.
Songbird Cabernet Sauvignon: Different grape, equal in quality. Equal personal favourite non-alcoholic red along with Newblood. Cheaper though fewer places to buy.
Win.e Tempranillo: One of the best non-alcoholic reds. Dark black stewed fruits abound. Spanish.
Plus and Minus Shiraz (de-alcoholised)
McGuigan Zero Shiraz (de-alcoholised)
Food Matching | Food Pairing
This is a food wine; best lighter meats and tomato based dishes. For cheese try a semi-hard cheese. See my cheese and wine pairing guide for more options.
Where to Buy
I got mine from Alcofree for about AUD 24