For my money, the Australians lead the way in the non alcoholic wine game. They have produced a number of good efforts, not least the McGuigans Zero range (reviews of Sparkling, Shiraz and Sauvignon Blanc)
Hardys is an Australian powerhouse vineyard which is getting on 160 years old. It was all started by Thomas Hardy, in the McLaren Vale area of South Australia, near Adelaide.
They now have a huge range of wines, export all over the world and have won a host of awards.
What type of wine is this?
This Hardys alcohol free wine is a Chardonnay.
Chardonnay is a green-skinned grape variety. It is a dry, medium- to full-bodied wine with moderate acidity and alcohol. You can get flavours from apple all the way to papaya.
The standard for any non alcoholic white wine is for there to some added sugar, you cant avoid this. However you definitely still want to be greatly reduced in calories overall.
You can see my full blog on calories, carbs and sugar in wine and non alcoholic wine here
|Value per 100ml/100g|
This is quite a bit of added sugar and is roughly equal to 6.2g per 5fl oz glass. Ive seen more but they were nearly undrinkable. One like that was Fre Merlot (review here), it had anywhere up to 9g per 100ml of sugar which is incredible.
Is Hardys Alcohol Free Chardonnay really alcohol free?
Hardys Alcohol Free Chardonnay really alcohol free?is indeed alcohol free. It has an alcohol content lower than 0.05% which classes as alcoholic free.
Labelling in the non alcoholic and alcohol free world are very confusing, with different countries having different rules.
You can read my entire article on how to tell how much alcohol is in a non alcoholic wine here
The bottle label is a bit crowed for me but that is a small issue isn’t it. I just think there is too much small writing and id often just overlook it when on the shelf because of it.
The actual colour is slightly apply i suppose. It is a shade darker than a pale white wine.
Taking a big sniff and you get quite a lot. Nearly too much to process and place. I get some melons, gooseberry sharpness and some pebble. Ive had a good sniff 10 times and there is something else i cant place, it’s so annoying when that happens!
With the first mouthful and know this is sweet. In fact is it’s sweet immediately and full in the face.
That sweetness was all i could process initially as the main flavour. After a few seconds to regroup i started to pick out some fruits like apples, pears and melon.
After you get over the sugar hit it’s quite pleasant. The initial shock goes and you are left with something drinkable.
It’s actually almost tropical with pineapple notes – ah ha, that was the smell!!
At the tail end there is a bit more citrus, lemon citrus, coming into you palate.
I was trying to place the flavours but “tropical” is probably up there. Think exotic fruit juice and pineapple
It’s not amazingly like wine but equally it’s a bit more depth than a mere grape juice.
After trying it we also cooked with it and the results were very good.
It’s reasonable, it’s not terrible, you could just about enjoy a glass or two. I couldn’t have loads of glasses but for a few it’s pretty decent.
7.5/10 – as I like the tropical notes which is a bit unusual for me.
Where to buy
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For Australian readers, Craft Zero has a range of products, if you use code OPENINGTHEBOTTLE you get an additional 10% off
Pretty decent as I like the tropical notes which is a bit unusual for me.