While the Newblood carries a Shiraz label, it does come with sweeter notes and is reminiscent of a lovechild between a Merlot and Lambrusco!
2019 Newblood Shiraz Review
Newblood Shiraz comes to glasses right as non-alcoholic wines take centre stage in 2021.
The product of a triple distilled de-alcoholisation process, the Newblood non-alcoholic shiraz comes in at just 28 calories and 3gm of sugar per 125ml.
So what are you getting when you take a sip of the shiraz and who is this non-alcoholic shiraz for?
Read the full Newblood Shiraz Review below.
Calories: 28cal /125 ml
Colour: Deep Ruby
Main Notes: Juicy plum, Chocolate.
Food Pairing: Vegetable Casserole / Cheese platter with dried fruits.
The Newblood non-alcoholic shiraz comes to your glass from the Newblood Wine team who:
- bring a collective experience of over 50 years in the winemaking game; and
- combine traditional winemaking techniques with cutting edge triple distillation technology,
all to create the Newblood non-alcoholic wine range.
So who is this juicy, plump and fruity non-alcoholic wine for? Read on to find out!
1. Alcohol by Volume.
Like many non-alcoholic wines, the Newblood non-alcoholic shiraz lands at less than 0.5% ABV.
Landing in your glass, this zero alcohol shiraz by Newblood will leave you with a red that is a beautiful medium to deep ruby coloured wine.
3. Aroma Profile.
If you’re anything like me, you’re a little less concerned with how the drop looks in your glass and more interested in how it smells and tastes.
So let’s get into it and look at the aroma/nose and taste below.
Putting the Newblood Shiraz to your nose, and when compared to other alcohol-free Shiraz wines, you’ll be surprised with the overall aroma and depth.
So what can you expect? Well, the presenting aromas and notes that are similar to lighter Merlot, where you will find:
- oak and chocolate; and
- bright and juicy plums.
As you’ve probably figured out by now, there is some sweetness in the nose of this red.
So how does it taste?
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4. Flavour Profile and Finish: Is it Sweet or Dry?
Now, this is where we need to have a chat.
Up until now, things have been fairly similar to what you would expect from a traditional bottle of red. Even if that red was more of a lovechild between a Merlot and Lambrusco than an outright Shiraz.
So with that what does the Newblood taste like?
In short, imagine a Merlot for its rich colour and plum notes, and a Lambrusco for its juicy sweetness.
Right, now we have that out of the way, when getting into the bottle your taste buds will be presented with:
- mild tannins
- sweet and juicy plums; and
- a really well-placed oak aftertaste that lingers nicely.
Looking into body and mouthfeel this Shiraz is smooth with mild tannins and a reasonable weight behind it.
So who is it for? Find out below.
5. Who is the Newblood Shiraz For?
If you’re looking for a big red, a dry red or one that is tannin based and going to remind you of a traditional Shiraz, this one might not be for you. If you’re typically a white wine drinker, or a drinker of lighter and sweeter wines, this one might be one you’re up for.
However, in a neverending quest to figure out where these drinks will work and slot in, I have run through the bottle in a few different settings.
Based on my time drinking this red the options below, manage to navigate around the sweetness of the wine.
Looking to get stuck into an afternoon cheese board that is stacked with softer cheeses, rich fruits and that shiraz jam we all know and love?
Or maybe you’re up for a vegetable casserole that balances earthy flavours like mushrooms, and sweetness from veggies like capsicum.
In either of these settings, the Newblood would be worth exploring.
6. Where to buy?
By now you’re probably chomping at the bit to get your hands on a slab or 4 pack, to begin with. As always the struggle has been taken out of it for you and the locations are listed below.
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