Part II – Grape Variety

Re-cap from the last post on wine, where we were talking about white grapes. We will share the variety of red wine grapes with you today.

You may be wondering what the difference between white and red wine grapes is before we get started. White wine is mostly made from white grapes, and before the fermentation process, the skins are removed from the juice. The skins of darker red or black grapes are left on during the fermentation process to produce red wine.

Silver Oak Alexander Valley Cab.Sauv 2016
Clarendelle Bordeaux Rouge 2015, Pessac Leognan

Cabernet Sauvignon – This is the most well-known black grape variety in the world. It is often blended with Merlot. The grape is high in tannin, which makes cabernet sauvignon wine age well, (especially if soaked), but it needs time to mature. The wine is rich in color, fragrance, and depth when at their best and have an eternal taste in time, often of black currants.

Richard Hamilton Colton’s G.S.M 2019, Mclaren Vale

Grenache – This black grape makes warm, fruity flavored wine with high alcohol content and aromas of freshly grounded black pepper. The grapes are low in tannin, which is often blended with high tannic grapes such as Cabernet Sauvignon or Syrah, that goes well together.

Jasper Hills Georgia’s Paddock Shiraz 2017, Heathcote

Shiraz (Syrah) – This grape makes dark, full bodied, strong red wine with great longevity potential, particularly if oak aged. Fairly tannic when young, this wine should be kept for at least three years and are best served with food. Matured Shiraz has aroma of blackcurrant, cedar, and mixed spices.

Merlot – The most widely planted black grape variety of Bordeaux where it is usually blended with Cabernet Sauvignon. The latter gives backbone to the Merlot, which is lower in tannin and acidity, yet add richness and smoothness to wine that would otherwise be harsh. On its own, Merlot that are unblended are usually soft and easy to drink with flavours of plum and fruitcake.

Gloria Ferrer Etesian Chardonnay 2016

Pinot Noir – This is the grape that is used for producing red Burgundy. It is highly susceptible to climatic conditions and yields are not very high, making production both difficult and costly. With a strawberry or raspberry scent, Pinot Noir grapes produce pale, light, or medium-bodied reds. Pinot Noir is one of the main grape variety used in Champagne.

Famille Vincent Julienas Beaujolais 2017

Gamay – Beaujolais is often uncomplicated, light, and fruity red that are made from Gamay grape, intended for drinking when young and fresh. The wine has a distinct pear scent, mostly the result of processing techniques and a raspberry taste. Most Beaujolais can be aged.

Have you seen the first part of this Cave Dive Wine series yet? If not, do swing over to Part I – Grape Variety. =)


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