Adnams Cabernet Tempranillo
The last time I reviewed an alcohol-free drink from Adnams it didn’t go down too well; if you’re wondering it was Adnams’ alcohol-free Ghost Ship. Not only that, the alcohol-free wines I’ve tried thus far have been pretty dire so it was with some trepidation that I bought myself a bottle of Adnams alcohol-free cabernet tempranillo.
You may not know this but Adnams aren’t just brewers of beer they also have quite the reputation for producing good quality wines including various whites and reds. The wine I reviewed is actually a blend of both Cabernet Sauvignon and Tempranillo grapes. Adnams also do an alcohol-free Sauvignon Blanc and a Garnacha wine.
Thanks to the use by Adnams of some clever, state-of-the-art technology (uses sophisticated spinning cones to remove sugar pre-fermentation) they are able to keep as much of the characteristic of the alcoholic wine as possible.
So how was this wine? A delight to drink or one destined for the sink? You’ll need to read the review below to find out.
Is Adnams Cabernet Tempranillo any good?
Well well well. Now here’s something I wasn’t expecting. This is a drinkable alcohol-free wine … and a vast improvement on the others I’ve tried thus far. At first, the wine does have a strange taste especially if you were expecting to taste an alcoholic wine but over the next few sips I found that the Tempranillo grapes dominated and rich notes of ripe berries and black pepper shone through. Ok, this isn’t perfect by any means as it did lack body and perhaps was on the sweet side but I quite easily finished the glass that was accompanying my steak and actually had another.
Aroma & Appearance
Once opened Adnams’ Cabernet Tempranillo gave off aromas of dark fruit and cherries and when poured into the glass resulted in a dark burgundy glass of wine.
This alcohol-free red wine is suitable for most given its vegan friendly and gluten-free although it is worth noting that it is not zero alcohol but 0.5%. It is also fairly low in calories at just 29 per 100ml. It isn’t the easiest bottle to find but you can get it from a select few online retailers.
“Drunkenness is nothing but voluntary madness.”
-Seneca, AD 50 BC