McGuigan ZeroNon-Alcoholic WineMcGuigan Zero Sparkling Rose

February 10, 2022by Jonathan Lambrianidis

After sharing the first two bottles, I snuck a third in all on my own (happy days) so with a couple of litres under the belt lets’ talk all things McGuigan Zero Sparkling Rose review. Something tells me you’ll want to give this a go, especially given the price!

The McGuigan Zero Sparkling Rose scores an 8/10 as it provides a balanced flavour profile led by lightly sweet red berries including strawberries & raspberries before providing a weighted & well carbonated body before finishing with a crisp & clean tart finish that is sure to suit most non-alcoholic rose drinkers.

Key Takeaways

Alcohol By Volume

< 0.5%

Style

Wine: Sparkling Rose

Calories per 150ml serve

39 calories

Main Notes

Crisp Red Berries.

Cost

$11 – $14 / bottle.

Rating

8 / 10

Drink Again?

Yes

Where to Buy

AU

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McGuigan Zero Sparkling Rose Taste

I could tell you about how amazing the McGuigan Sparkling Rose looks in a glass, I could even tell you how pleasant the carbonation makes it to drink. But that’s not the Tipple Zero way, I’m about straight to the point, the detail and letting you decide whether this is a non-alcoholic sparkling rose for your tastebuds!

In each flute you pour this in to (alternatively go chill mode and use tumblers with an addition of fruit!) you’re going to find classic clean rose notes on the nose – think rounded berry aromas that are front and centre and hinted florals making their way in too.

When enjoying a glass you’re going to find the clean and fresh theme continues through and you’ll find the flavour profile is built around:

  • Slight fruity sweetness to begin – think that fresh and filling flavour you get from eating a strawberry combined with the sleek and clean flavours of raspberries.
  • Crisp, dry and increasingly tart body for balance.
  • Tart finish.

Comparing this to other non-alcoholic Rose alternatives (both sparkling and still), this one is definitely drier than the options mentioned below.

That said, I really recommend drinking this straight from the fridge and ultra-cold to enjoy the crisp flavours that McGuigan intend it to have. I found the longer it was left out the rounder and sweeter the profile became.

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McGuigan Zero Sparkling Rose bottle in hand

What are the Body and Mouthfeel Like?

There is a lot to be said about how carbonating a sparkling can make or break it – I won’t bore you with the technical discussion however what you need to know is the way the McGuigan team have gone with an abundance of small bubbles that create a creamy, weighted and almost ‘fun’ feeling mouthfeel means this alcohol free sparkling rose ticks the sensory box and leaves you feeling like you’ve just got stuck into a proper sparkling rose.

That said, we need to talk about what the McGuigan Zero Sparkling Rose lacks. As you would expect from a body and mouthfeel perspective it (as all non-alcoholic wines do) misses the heat, sheen and power that comes from alcoholic rose.

While it lacks heat and power, the fresh and bright profile paired with the vibrant and almost effervescent body means this is a pleasure to drink.

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What Other Options Can I Try?

If you are looking to try the McGuigan against other non alcoholic rose options, whether they are still or sparkling I’ve got you covered.

I’ve reviewed a number of these through the Tipple Zero journey (you can find them all over here in the full comparison post I put together) and a few of the alternatives are down below for you to take a read through and find a bottle to test the McGuigan against or something little more up your alley:

What I Like

Things to Consider

More dry than sweet profile and an aroma and flavour profile that is iconic of rose. Don’t let it warm up unless you don’t mind some sweetness creeping in. It is best enjoyed cold.
The mouthfeel and carbonation. You’ll find a party in each mouthful led by bright and lively bubbles! If you’re looking to pick this up at a supermarket availability can be hit and miss.

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McGuigan Zero Sparkling Rose Being Poured In Glass

Who is the McGuigan Zero Sparkling Rose for?

I’ve been excited to write this piece of the review because I’ve been searching for a ‘more dry than sweet’ non-alcoholic sparkling rose, so now that (according to my tastebuds anyway) I’ve found it, I’m pretty excited to share the love.

While I could take a blanketed approach and say ‘anyone who enjoys a drier rose or white wine will enjoy it’ let’s get a little more specific:

  • If you’ve enjoyed the De La Tautila Rose that I have been quite vocal about, as being my favourite alcohol-free rose, you’re going to love this.
  • If you’re coming from an alcoholic rose base (and don’t mind the fact you lose the heat from the alcohol) the clean rose notes that make their way to the back of your pallet will make this a solid option for you.
  • This will also do amazingly if you’re looking to throw together a bit of punch or grab a bottle of bubbles to enjoy in the sunshine as it is quenching whilst also giving you the sensory feedback that you’re actually drinking rose.

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McGuigan Zero Sparkling Rose Stockists.

The McGuigan Wines range is available the world over, through traditional retail channels (think supermarkets or liquor retailers) or category-specific non-alcoholic retailers. In Australia, these include Woolworths right the way through to Brunswick Aces and Craft Zero.

No matter where you are in the world, I’ll keep digging for more links to build out the resources below. Currently, Australia is the only market I’ve found this in, however, feel free to hit me up at jonathan@tipplezero.com with any other locations.

Country

Retailer

Australia

Woolworths
I’ll keep adding them as they come online
I’ll keep adding them as they come online

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McGuigan Zero Sparkling Rose bottle label in hand

McGuigan Zero Sparkling Rose Calories

The McGuigan Zero Sparkling Rose contains 39 calories per 150ml serve that is crafted from 6.6 grams of sugar and 9 grams of carbohydrate in each glass. It is worth noting McGuigan categorise a ‘serve’ as 150ml versus the 125ml that most other winemakers run with.

To level the playing field let’s look at the per 100ml numbers, the Zero Sparkling Rose contains 26 calories, 4.4 grams of sugar and 6 grams of total carbohydrate per 100ml.

The full rundown is below in the detailed nutritional table.

Avg Quantity
Per Serving (150ml)

Avg Quantity
Per 100ml

Energy

165 kJ
39 Cal

110 kJ
26 Cal

Protein

0.3 g

0.2 g

Fat, total

< 0.3 g

< 0.2 g

— saturated

< 0.2 g

< 0.1 g

Carbohydrate

9 g

6 g

— sugars

6.6 g

4.4 g

Sodium

40 mg

27 mg

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McGuigan Zero Sparkling Rose Nutritional Label

 

Is McGuigan Zero Sparkling Rose Worth It?

Flavourful, weighted, vibrant and clean are all words you would have seen used to describe the McGuigan Zero Sparkling Rose. For that reason alone you’re going to find it is a non-alcoholic wine that is worth exploring and getting into your glass.

The flavour profile and body get big ticks of approval from me given they are drier and more weighted (without the sweetness) than other alternatives.

For what it’s worth, sweetness is by no means ‘bad’, the sweeter wines are different – they’re a little rounder and come with a different use case!

 

Flavour/Taste (40%)

Body (40%)

Nutrition (10%)

Drinkability (10%)

Total (100%)

RAW8.587932/40
ADJUSTED3.43.2.7.98.2/10

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The Round-Up: Final Thoughts

As I’ve made my way through the three bottles over the last month I’ve grown fonder, and fonder of the McGuigan Sparkling Rose. It really does give you the feeling of drinking a rose without the limitations that come with alcohol.

It is delicate enough to give you traditional rose notes with a mouthfeel that makes it fun to drink, however the best part of the Sparkling Rose from McGuigan is the fact you can pick it up whilst doing your supermarket shop.

Take a stroll down your drinks aisle and pick up a bottle or two on your next supermarket shop and I am confident you won’t be disappointed!

I’ll keep adding any links I come across as distribution of the Sparkling Rose kicks up!

Country

Retailer

Australia

Woolworths
I’ll keep adding them as they come online
I’ll keep adding them as they come online

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by Jonathan Lambrianidis

Non-alcoholic drinks writer and podcaster, beer brewing and winemaking side-kick, lawyer and cyclist. Owner of Tipplezero.com and the Non-Alcoholic Drinks Podcast.