What type of wine is Pierre Zero Prestige Red?
This is a merlot, made with merlot grapes sourced from across France.
Merlot is the second most popular grape variety after Cabernet Sauvignon. It has a slight blue tinge and is sometimes described as tasting like cherries or chocolate. The tannins are very soft and it is primarily tasted on the tongue and not around the mouth.
We are told to consider this wine like a Medoc because of its “deep color, body and oak barrels aging”. I thought Medoc, Left Bank Bordeaux was mostly Cab Sav and Cab Franc, is it not the Right Bank thats famous for Merlot?
Is Pierre Zero Prestige Merlot really alcohol free?
Yes all the Pierre Zero wines have an alcohol by volume of 0.0%. The have even gone an extra step and ensured their wines have a Halal Certificate to prove they are alcohol free for a Muslim to drink.
For more information on how that certification is obtained you can red my article on it here
They manage to remove all the alcohol from their wines by a process called spinning cone columns.
This is the most efficient method for dealcoholisation. It is designed to extract and recover volatile compounds (the delicate flavours in the wine) using steam, under vacuum conditions. Compared to some of the other dealcoholisation techniques, it proves to be a lot more gentle and helps keep more of the volatile aromatic compounds in the finished wine.
My full article on how non alcoholic wine and alcohol free wine is made can be found here
There is usually a healthy calorie saving with non alcoholic wines compared to alcoholic wines due to the calorie dense nature of alcohol. On the flip side, you will have more added sugar in a non alcoholic wine with some being significantly sweeter than others.
Pierre Zero Prestige Merlot includes…
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That is not the worst nutrition profile. An average red wine will have about 85kcal per 100ml according to the USDA so this particular wine represents a 77% calorie saving despite the added sugar.
My full article on the calorie and sugar differences in alcoholic and non alcoholic wine can be read here
When you pour it out its cloudy, which immediately makes you think this isn’t wine. Then again its a natural, vegan unfiltered wine so there you go. It’s a cloudy purple colour you’d never see in a wine tho.
It’s smells like a grape juice to me. I don’t really get any complex aromas. There is meant to be vanilla which escapes me.
This isn’t entirely unpleasant which isn’t the most glowing of opening statements. It’s a bit sweet, not a lot of body, some complexity. The smell was of grape juice but on tasting you can tell that it is a bit more complex that that and has undergone fermentation.
Equally you can tell instantly its not alcoholic wine. The fact it didn’t look like regular wine as it is unfiltered and smelt of grape juice certainly puts it in your mind that it won’t taste like wine and it doesn’t.
I love to sip a nice glass of wine post dinner but if i was opening this for that purpose i wouldn’t feel it was hitting the spot.
I think it just needs to be considered as a drink in its own right. When you consider it as that then it’s actually not too bad. Is it bad to say it’s like an adult grape juice? I’m sure thats not what they want.
For the price point, i was hoping for a bold, complex, red wine. It doesn’t really deliver on this and it isn’t even particularly wine-like compared to other non alcoholic wines.
6/10 – This is certainly much better than the standard red from Pierre Zero. It tastes like they just watered down this one and put it in 2 bottles.
Where to buy?
Follow this link to buy these from Dry Drinker in the UK
To buy Halal Wine in the USA, follow this link for Halal Wine Cellar and use code OPENINGTHEBOTTLE for 10% discount.
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Is Pierre Zero Prestige Merlot vegan?
Yes, this wine is vegan, natural and unfiltered.
To find out more about why a wine may or may not be vegan, read more about it on my article, available here
This is certainly much better than the standard red from Pierre Zero. It tastes like they just watered down this one and put it in 2 bottles.