Marks & Spencer Merlot

A review of Marks and Spencer Merlot - our taste testers were split right down the middle on this one: one group found it pleasant, not too sweet; the other vinegary and thin.

Score:

3/5

ABV: 0.0%
Calories per 250ml glass: 52 (21 per 100ml)
Score: No agreement

This red wine is one of a trio on sale at Marks and Spencer under their own brand, as part of their ever-growing low-alcohol section. Like a lot of alcohol-free wines, it’s from vineyards in Germany, produced by Reh Kendermann – the people who brought us Black Tower, the most popular German wine worldwide.

The packaging’s a bit bland, we have to say – two-colour with a little hot-air balloon design – but we didn’t let that put us off. It’s what’s inside the bottle that matters! Our taste testers were split right down the middle on this one. One group found it pleasant, not too sweet, although unlikely to be mistaken for wine. The other half of the panel thought it was vinegary and thin, and didn’t finish the bottle. So, you’ll just have to get down to Marks and Spencer, try it yourself and make your own judgement.

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