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McGuigan Zero Sparkling

Updated: Jul 8, 2021



South Eastern Australia

There isn't a lot of information on the label - I can't find any information about vintage or precise alcohol content (non-alcoholic drinks can legally have up to 0.5% alcohol). McGuigan are based in the Hunter Valley, but have fruit sources throughout Australia these days. This uses the 'latest spinning cone technology' to remove alcohol, which is kinda sorta like distillation, but with spinning instead of heat to separate alcohol out. This seems to be a more expensive, but gentler, technique than reverse osmosis, which is basically hard-core filtering.

The mousse looks really good when you pour a glass, but the fizz does seem to disappear. I've noticed this a lot with non-alcoholic drinks - what gives there? But the colour is a really pleasant, pale lemon as you'd expect from a bottle of fizz. The nose is a little musty, with lemon, peach and orange blossoms. The acid is bang on - refreshing and cleansing - and the flavours are light, fresh and little bit cider-esque. It's very, very delicate. All I could think of drinking this what 'this isn't bad. I've had wine at the same price which isn't as pleasant as this.' I think that's the takeaway here. Pleasant.

Rating: ★★★☆

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