Plus and Minus Shiraz 2020: Review
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 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, and as a result favour white and sparkling wines more where residual sugar is more commonly accepted.
Plus and Minus shiraz has got the nearest to getting the balance right about right. 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 alcholic wine in terms of taste. This wine is more fruity than most alcoholic shiraz and lacks the latter’s weight. But, it is the best de-alcolised red I’ve had to date closely followed by more commonly available McGuigan Zero Shiraz. A good substitute.
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Plus and Minus Blanc de Blancs (no alcohol)
McGuigan Zero Shiraz (no alcohol)
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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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