Ever wondered what the point of all the swirling and sniffing and swishing was when tasting wines?
Winemaker at Sally’s Paddock Wines, Sasha Fair, is on board to explain.
“For people who are new to this wine tasting game, I can assure you, there is not much to it. ”
“It is a general rule that you start at the lighter end and move towards the heavier reds. Start with sparkling and white wines, move through the lighter style reds, like pinot noir, tempranillo, then onto heavier reds like shiraz and cabernet sauvignon. When a wine is poured, have a look at the colour...is it purple or brick red?
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“I'm sure you have all seen the iconic ‘swirl’ of a wine glass. This releases the aromas in the glass and makes them easier for you to pick up. Stick you nose straight in that glass and inhale. Some aromas will be present straight away, others can take a while to come out.
“Next, take a sip and feel the wine in your mouth. You will pick up tannins, acidity and sweetness. The balance of the wine means that all of these things should be matching in intensity.
“You can spit or drink, either is acceptable, but just remember, six tastes makes a standard glass.
“The taste is when you will pick up the fruit characters, tannins, acidity and the overall experience. There are thousands of descriptors and everyone has their own interpretation, so there are no wrong answers.
“For newcomers it can take a while to get your rhythm, so speak to the people who make the wine and taste, taste, taste!”