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Reviews of Non-Alcoholic and Low-Alcohol Drinks from Lindemans

Lindemans Semillon Chardonay

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Not Lindeman's finest hour

Please note that I am restraining myself in this review. To do otherwise would be impolite. However, this is horrible. Truly horrible. It's the antithesis of what this website was set up to promote. When I introduce alcohol free alternatives to friends I want them to at least actually consider switching to NABs. Part of me wondered if Lindeman's were trying to make sure this didn't happen. After a cheap white wine aroma, there is a watery mouthfeel and vinegar-like taste that made me gurn. A friend commented that it may be useful as a cleaning product. Even though there were many of us around the table, I still have most of the bottle left so I'll be able to at least give that a go. What I just don't understand is how something like this actually gets past tasters and makes it to market. People will part with hard earned cash for this and resent it, and some will never try never try non alcoholic wine again after giving this a go. What in earth were they thinking?

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Lindemans Cabernet Sauvignon

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Oh dear

The problem with calling something by it's grape name, and packaging it in a wine bottle is you expect...wine. This gives a red wine mouthfeel and a very nice colour, but little else to write home about. I could barely finish a glass of this but soldiered on for the sake of this review. There is a cheap grape juice feel with a very odd aftertaste. I think if this was the first non alcoholic wine you tried, you wouldn't try any more after it. If you only drank wine substitutes, maybe just maybe you wouldn't mind it. 

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Lindemans Sparkling Chardonnay Pinot Noir Muscat

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Didn't win the struggle

Making non alcoholic wine taste like the real thing is a very hard undertaking. Most of the taste is carried through the alcohol and so take that out and you really struggle. This unfortunately did not win that struggle. Whilst the cork popping was very pleasing - I had to check I didn't need to replaster our friends' ceiling - that's about where the smiles ended. A sickly aroma led to an unpleasant and cloying taste - the bottle remains undrunk. One of our friends did actually like it, but another said those words I hate to hear-  'maybe wine is just something that needs alcohol'. Having enjoyed the Scavi and Ray, I feel this isn't necessarily true, but if this was the only one you'd tried you may not ever try another. 

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