Being a wine lover, there must’ve been a day in your life, when you wished to have a palate like Wine Critic James Halliday. The way he describes a wine is simply amazing! We all can’t be wine experts like him, but we can at least try to describe wine like a pro, no? All you need to do is keep working on your palate and become familiar with the tastes wines deliver. The following terms will help you describe a wine and engage yourself in wine conversations going around a table. Have a look!
Use this word for full-bodied, oak-aged wines. These drinks have a dense and opulent structure, with mouth-coating flavours.
The most easy and straightforward descriptor! Say it when you feel even a bit of heat or taste ginger, pepper, nutmeg, or any other spice you know of.
Mineral wines don’t really display ripe fruit characters but can be identified by a distinct tang and high acidity levels.
Think young Sémillons and dry Rieslings here. These wines are zesty.
This descriptor is all about a wine’s high acid level and is often used in combination with the term ‘mineral’.
A fine and focussed wine will be called elegant. These wines show some complexity and are built around a nice line of acidity.
A wine’s savoury when a very high level of acidity overpower fruits. Lean, dry Rieslings and Southern French reds are perfect examples of savoury wines.
There surely are more ways to describe a wine. Wait for our another blog post for more one-word wine descriptions. Till then, happy wine-ing!