Plus and Minus Shiraz 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 Non-Alcoholic Drinks Picks . Let’s face it, the bar for non-alcoholic wine is very low and with most not managing to make it. This is because the process of removing the alcohol can leave wines tasting like wet cardboard. One month ago I had a red de-alcoholised wine that I’ll keep nameless was so bad I couldn’t face more than one sip. Wine makers tend to solve this by adding sugar or un-fermented grape juice, and as a result the flavour of white and sparkling wines has more residual sugar than is the norm.
Plus and Minus shiraz is good – much better than almost all the competition. There’s no wet cardboard and it is fairly dry in style. It has a pleasing and approachable rounded fruitiness to it that will suit food and quaffing. While being fruity it is best suited as a long drink over which time should be spent.
This wine will not be mistaken for an alcoholic wine in terms of taste. This wine is more fruity than most alcoholic shiraz and lacks the latter’s weight. But, it is a solid effort and one of the best de-alcoholised reds I’ve had a long with Newblood Shiraz 2019 closely followed by more commonly available McGuigan Zero Shiraz .
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If you are prepared to go shop online there’s better to be found. Try:
Lautus Savvy Red: Probably the best non-alcoholic red out there. South African
Newblood Shiraz 2019 (no alcohol). Non-alcoholic wine made in NSW, Australia. Equal best Australian non-alcoholic red.
Songbird Cabernet Sauvignon: The other contender to be best dry red. Equal best Australian non-alcoholic red.
Plus and Minus Blanc de Blancs (no alcohol). Amongst the best non-alcoholic wines there is. A sparkling white wine.
Chrismonst Frizzante Marzemino (alcoholic red). Fun in a bottle.
Food Matching | Food Pairing
Although shiraz is usually matched with sheep and goats milk cheeses, the relative lightness and fruitiness of this one means I suggest a softer style cow or buffalo milk cheese like L’Artisan Marcel, Chamela, Boatshed Tempest, Woombye Ash Triple Brie, or see my cheese and wine pairing guide for more options.
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