Win.e Tempranillo 12 Month Aged Non Alcoholic Wine: Review
Before we start: If you are new to drinking non-alcoholic wine try my 2 minute Guide to Non-Alcoholic Wine and my Top Non-Alcoholic Drinks Picks. This is the second tempranillo in the Win.e family. This is the elder sibling since it has undergone some barrel ageing. Win.e Tempranillo 12 month aged alcohol free wine is also up there with best non-alcoholic reds. Like its younger counterpart it is a red wine has a dark fruit core, Ribena-like blackcurrant, stewed blacked fruits, maybe some kirsch – and rather unusually – rhubarb. I think it maybe that rhubarb element that might cause a double-take when first tasting this – there is something that that strikes the drinker as unusual. Another wine that has this fruit flavour combo is Les Cocottes by Chavin (though for other reasons I wouldn’t recommend that to anyone) . The wine opens out nicely with a little bit of air. It’s very balanced and smooth. So, all the technical aspects are there – the balance, good fruit and intensity. It is so hard to make a good dry non-alcoholic red, and yet harder still to make one that has those dark flavours present. Newblood Shiraz is probably the best out there, yet even that isn’t as darkly flavoured as this wine. The only other non-alcoholic red that manages that is the Domaine de la Prade Cab Merlot but I feel this wine is better since it keeps more of the wine’s soul through the de-alcoholisation process, and it is also a few dollars cheaper. That said, if anyone is expecting a Spanish Rioja then forget it. There’s no oak here, nor allspice. The focus is very much on fruit flavours. I found this a very enjoyable drink, with no regrets the next day. Will be a repeat buy for me.
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Win.e Tempranillo: the younger sibling to this wine.
Newblood Shiraz: The other contender to be the best dry red non-alcoholic wine. 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.
Domaine de la Prade Cabernet Merlot: Well respected French non-alcoholic red that acts as a kind of international benchmark. Relatively expensive.
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Where to Buy
It’ll cost about AUD 27 (keep in mind the younger sibling Win.e Tempranillo costs AUD 18. I got mine online from Sans Drinks.