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Raidis Estate

Raidis Estate
 
26 January 2022 | Raidis Estate | Raidis Estate

Taste wine like a Winemaker

You may have heard winemakers talking in what seems like another language… talking about things like terroir, primary and secondary characters, oak, scores out of 20 and the list goes on.

 

To some people, it sounds a bit fanciful and weird (to put it politely), but in the wonderful world of wine, this is the language used, and it’s how we judge our wines to make them the best they can be.

 

How would you describe what a strawberry tastes like, other than a strawberry?

 

We talk a lot about wine tasting, but most of what you think you taste, you actually smell. It’s why you can’t “taste” anything when you have a cold.

 

In Australia, we score points out of 20, with 20 being a “perfect” wine. Most wines you will see in a bottle shop will be between 14 and 20 by this system, which is generally reflected in their price.

 

The 20-point system comprises three parts; 3 points for appearance, 7 points for the nose (aroma/smell), and 10 points for the palate (flavour, taste and structure in your mouth).

 

Next time you watch a winemaker judging their wines, you might notice that they'll look at it first, then they'll smell the wine, and then they'll taste the wine, which makes sense when you think about how they score the wines.

 

It's a subjective assessment, so one person might score a wine 15 points, someone else might score 16 points. Neither is right or wrong necessarily, just that some people have different experience levels and different thresholds to work with.

 

How we talk about wine:

 

Sometimes, when we talk about our wines, people give us a blank look and wonder why we are talking about blueberries and blackcurrants, when we describe our red wines, or other fruits for our whites, bubbles and rose’.

 

The flavours that make these fruits taste as they do are the same flavours found in wine that you can taste. They actually exist in there, so no, you're not dreaming or just making things up.

 

When you taste your next wine, give the above scoring a try, come up with a score out of 20, and then search what others have rated the wine to see how close you are.

 

It's always a fun way to see who in the room knows what they're talking about (as opposed to what they will tell you!!).

 

 

 

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