What type of wine is Ariel Cabernet Sauvignon?
No surprised for guessing this is a Cabernet Sauvignon.
Cabernet Sauvignon or “King Cab” is the most widely drank and popular red wine grape.
It is grown all over the world but perhaps the most famous region is Bordeaux Left Bank.
The typical flavour profile is dark fruit, blackurrent (cassis) and black cherry. As it ages you can get all flavours from tobacco to aged wood.
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How is Ariel Cabernet Sauvignon made?
Ariel Cabernet Sauvignon is made by a process called reverse osmosis which can sometimes be called cold filtration.
Ariel use very high pressures instead of heat. Heat can damage the delicate aromatic flavour compounds. The pressure forces the wine against a very think membrane filter which separates the water and alcohol from the wine’s aromatic flavour components.
Next, distillation is used to remove the alcohol. Lastly, they bring back the remaining water with the aromatic components. As there is less water than the water/alcohol mix, they usually have to add more water to get it back in balance.
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Ariel Cabernet Sauvignon Ingredients
Ariel Cabernet Sauvignon includes…
- Purified water
- Dealcoholized wine
- Grape juice concentrate
- Natural fruit juice concentrate
- Natural flavours
This is the same list as their Chardonnay and for my money, there is a red flag or two.
The main ingredient seems to be purified water and whilst water needs added back post distillation, i wonder how much is added and if the flavour will feel too dilute.
The ideal dealcoholization technique is spinning cone column where you dont add water back in.
I am also not a big fan of seeing both grape and fruit juice being added. I want all the grape juice to have been fermented and not extra added in at the end to bulk up sweetness and flavour.
In an ideal world, you would be drinking just dealcoholized wine and not all these added extras.
Ariel Cabernet Sauvignon Nutrition
Dealcoholized wine comes with its own nutritional issues. When you take the alcohol from a wine, it can be very difficult to recreate that flavour, body and mouthfeel, especially a red wine.
Sparkling wines have bubbles to create mouthfeel and white wines can be naturally a bit sweeter but you don’t want a sweet red wine.
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I am not sure about everyone else tastes, but when a non alcoholic red wine tastes really sweet, it is ruined.
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Ariel Cabernet Sauvignon Look
The labelling is basically the same as their Chardonnay but wit a colour change. It looks too busy and not exactly high end. I don’t think you would stop and read in a shop if you hadn’t heard of it.
The wine itself pours slightly cloudy but settles quickly to a clear ruby red colour.
Ariel Cabernet Sauvignon Aroma
Non alcoholic red wine is the hardest non alcoholic drink to make i think. This doesn’t really smell like alcoholic red wine. There is a grape and red fruit smell which is quite sweet in nature.
It doesn’t smell overly complex or like there is lots of flavour layers.
Ariel Cabernet Sauvignon Taste
There is more flavour in the first few seconds than the Chardonnay, that’s for sure. I get an immediate hit of black fruits and cherry that builds up over a few seconds to peak and then lingers for a while post swallow.
The mouthfeel is actually quite good and there is decent body. It just doesn’t feel like an alcoholic big Cab Sav that you may be used to, but non alcoholic reds can’t be a like for like substitute so it needs reviewed on it’s own merits.
Despite not having a bad nutritional profile and added sugar it still tastes sweet which in my head makes it taste more like a fruit juice than a wine. It does taste more adult than a mere fruit juice tho.
Some other reds i have tried have had a definite vinegar type taste but this doesn’t really which is a huge plus.
Ariel Cabernet Sauvignon Verdict
If i benchmark this vs some of the other reds i have tried then it is more than up to standard. No vinegar taste is a big plus and it isn’t as sweet as say Fre. All in all, this is one of the better non alcoholic reds i have tried.
Ariel Cabernet Sauvignon Score
8/10 – This is a very decent effort at a non alcoholic red wine. It is superior to their Chardonnay and most other red wines i have tried.
Where to buy Ariel Cabernet Sauvignon?
You can see the latest prices for Ariel Cabernet Sauvignon on Amazon by clicking this link
You can try these at Wise Bartender as well, a brilliant non alcoholic retailer
Follow this link to buy these from Dry Drinker in the UK
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Is Ariel Cabernet Sauvignon gluten free?
Yes, Ariel is gluten free, as are all wines.
Is Ariel Cabernet Sauvignon vegan?
Yes, Ariel is vegan friendly.
For more on vegan wine see my article on the matter, why wines may or may not be and how to check.
This is a very decent effort at a non alcoholic red wine. It is superior to their Chardonnay and most other red wines i have tried.