What to consider when buying Red Wine

May 05, 2022

What non alcoholic red wine would you recommend? It’s a question I get asked regularly. To help you out, I’ve compiled a guide to choosing the perfect drop.
A picnic set up with three bottles of non-alcoholic wine and a bike

Trying a variety of non alcoholic wines is a great way to find out what you really like. Try wines from different countries, different brands and different styles.  The more wines you try, the easier it will be to pick out the perfect one for you. When you find a wine that ticks the box, make a note of what it tastes like, where it’s from and even what it reminds you of. If you associate it with good times, it can only be a good thing, right?

Don't let price guide you when buying wine

A lower priced wine doesn't mean it's of lower quality or that it won't be as delicious. So, if it's a type of wine you enjoy, don't be put off if it's discounted or cheaper than others. Rather than be guided by price, be guided by the flavours and characteristics that you like in a wine. Make price a secondary consideration. 

Learn the body of the wine

The body of wine is really important. It refers to how the wine feels in your mouth, whether it's heavy or light. Understanding the type of body a bottle has will help you to choose the perfect wine. 


Shiraz is the perfect red wine, full bodied wine with a robust mouth feel and a dark berry rich colour profile.
What to look for: A good Shiraz is the unicorn of red wine boasting white pepper and red currant fruits in cooler climate versions to bold, jammy, blackberry and dark chocolate flavoured wines in hot zones.

We recommend: Next Destination Barossa Valley Shiraz

The taste: Produced from premium Barossa Valley Shiraz grapes, this is a 2018 vintage has unmatched robust mouthfeel with generous notes of dark chocolate, ripe berries and new french oak. 

What customers are saying: This is the one you’ve been looking for. Beautiful aroma. Dry and full of that big Barossa mouthfeel. I’m glad I believed the hype - this is lovely, and yes, very, very reminiscent of 389. Far superior to the Wolf Blass Zero. Just astonishing.

Pinot Noir

Pinot noir is considered a light bodied wine with a smooth taste and less colour. If the grapes are grown in a cooler climate Pinot can taste a bit sharp.

What to look for: A good Pinot Noir will combine cherry, raspberry and earthy aromas with silky tannins.

We recommend: Edenvale Premium Reserve Pinot Noir

The taste: Bursting with flavours of mulberry and cherry, this rich wine boasts hints of earthiness with fine interwoven tannins.

What customers are saying: This is hands down the best full bodied alcohol free red I’ve come across. Not that it’s a factor, but price point is spot on too. An all round brilliant alternative. Thank you.

Cabernet Sauvignon

Cabernet Sauvignon is full bodied with a richer mouthfeel and a richer flavour.
What to look for: A good Cabernet Sauvignon has hints of blackcurrant and leafy aromas with a firm tannin backbone.

We recommend: Le Petit Etoile Cabernet Sauvignon

The taste: Bursting with the aromas of jammy fruits, this wine perfectly combines the flavours of blackcurrant and cherry with notes of clove and vanilla.


Merlot is a medium bodied wine with medium acidity and a smooth finish, while 
What to look for: A good Merlot contains red and blackcurrant fruits with a fleshy, generous texture.

We recommend: Eisberg Alcohol Free Merlot

The taste: A full bodied wine featuring plum and blackberry flavours complemented by a velvety mouthfeel.

What customers are saying: I enjoyed this Merlot. Was a pleasant surprise. Has a slight alcohol content mouth feel. I will buy again.

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