I know many of you reading this post will be adept in the practice of tasting and talking about wine. However, I also know that some of you reading this may feel a little intimidated when you’re with a group of people that sniff, sip and swirl and then wax lyrical about top notes and tannins… So this one’s for you.
This blog post doesn’t so much explore how to taste wine, (although if you’re looking for some direction in that department, you might find this article from our blog archives on the Fairbourne website useful). Today we focus on some of the terms used when tasting wine.
So let’s start with an “A”…
Acidity – If you take a sip of lemon juice, the sides of your tounge and your mouth will pucker. The more a wine makes your mouth do this, the more acidic it is. A Sauvignon Blanc will generally exhibit more acidity than a Pinot Gris.
Body – When determining the body of a wine, think about the feel of trim milk and full cream milk in your mouth. If a wine is light bodied, it would feel more like the trim in your mouth, thin and delicate. If it was full bodied, it would feel more like the full cream, thicker and creamier.
Oak – The characteristics of oak differ from red wines to white wines. In a white wine, they might be described as spicy or smokey. In a red wine like our Two Tails Marlborough Pinot Noir the oak brings out characteristics of toast and vanilla.
Fruit – The fruit characteristics of a wine vary from red to white, from varietal to varietal and vintage to vintage. As a general rule of thumb in white wines the fruit characteristics usually fall in a spectrum from citrus, tropical and a range of stone or orchard fruits; in a red wine we’re talking berries and currants all the way, both red and black.
Length and Finish – This term describes how long the flavours from your wine linger in your mouth. If the taste stays with you for a short time you’ll generally find that the juice has been extracted with a greater level of pressing. Here at Two Tails we use only free run juice, there’s no extra pressing, the juice is extracted using gravity alone; this ensures all our wines have a persistent fruity finish.
So there you have it…. Some of the terms that will help you with your vino vocabulary, now you just need to practice some tasting.
We’d recommend the Two Tails Mixed Case to exercise your new found knowledge. Purchase one HERE and we’ll deliver anywhere in New Zealand FREE! Cheers!