What type of wine is Ariel Chardonnay?
No surprises for guessing this is a Chardonnay.
Chardonnay is a green-skinned type of grape variety. It makes a dry, medium- to full-bodied wine with moderate acidity. When alcoholic it is of medium strength.
You can get flavours from apple all the way to papaya. So it is a very popular grape and wine across the world.
For a full list of the reasons to benefit from non alcoholic wine, you can read my article on it here
How is Ariel Chardonnay made?
Ariel Chardonnay is made by a process called reverse osmosis or cold filtration.
Ariel use very high pressures instead of heat to force the wine against a very think membrane filter. This filter separates water and alcohol from the wine’s aromatic components.
After this, Ariel use distillation to separate 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.
For more information on how non alcoholic wines are made, you can read my full article on it here
Ariel Chardonnay Ingredients
You would think that the ingredients in a dealcoholized wine would be very straightforward but nothing is ever straightforward in the non alcoholic wine world.
Ariel Chardonnay includes…
- Purified water
- Dealcoholized wine
- Grape juice concentrate
- Natural fruit juice concentrate
- Natural flavours
There are a number of red flags here. The first listed ingredient is purified water. How much of that is used and how dilute is the flavour? I know from how it is made that water needs added back in to regain balance but just how much is needed and will it be too dilute?
The fact that grape and fruit juice is added back in and that the whole wine isn’t just dealcohoized wine is also a major red flag to me.
In an ideal world, you would be drinking just dealcoholized wine and not all these added extras. I worry for the flavour now.
Ariel Chardonnay 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.
One way that vintners try to achieve body is with sugar. In a red this can be nasty but it is easier for a white wine to get away with some additional sugar.
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These are actually very good numbers from Ariel. In the white wines that i have reviewed, these are leading low nutritional numbers. There will not be many lower calorie and lower sugar non alcoholic white wines.
For more information on the calories, carbs and sugar in non alcoholic wine, read my full article on it here
Ariel Chardonnay Look
The bottle is standard enough but the label is too busy with too much writing to be eye catching.
The wine itself is a very pale, even too pale, straw or white wine colour.
Ariel Chardonnay Aroma
There is a complex smell and I don’t think that is a good thing here.
It is very mineral and gravel heavy. I also pick up quite a bit of diesel type smell which isn’t entirely pleasant to me. I’m not picking up too much fruit.
There is a mint of apple if you go looking and a whiff of tropical.
Ariel Chardonnay Taste
It tastes entirely underwhelming I’m afraid. The first few seconds are nearly devoid of flavour and you would think you are just drinking that purified water with a few drops of flavour.
After a couple of seconds you do get a rush of some fuller flavour. I got some apples and a hint of lemon or citrus but then it is away again as quick as it came.
There is no body, no depth and no complexity.
If you are used to drinking full leaded white wine then this isn’t really a substitute so you will have to view this as a different drink in its own right.
It doesn’t taste overly sweet which is a good thing but it lacks any real wine like character.
Ariel Chardonnay Verdict
I had high hopes for this wine but it was flat, watery and lacked any punch.
There is no real negative flavours, just not huge amounts of positive ones
Ariel Chardonnay Score
Thin and watery. What flavours that exist aren’t too bad but they come and go like the wind.
Where to buy Ariel Chardonnay?
You can see the latest prices for Ariel Chardonnay 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 Chardonnay gluten free?
Yes, Ariel Chardonnay is gluten free, as are all wines.
Is Ariel Chardonnay vegan?
Yes, Ariel Chardonnay 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.