The freshness of wines

There is no doubt. Whether by natural tendency or as suggested by specialised publications, it seems undeniable that the preferences of consumers is moving increasingly towards finding wines with a fresh profile.

But what is the freshness of the wine? What does it consist of? How do we identify it? To answer these and other questions, Decántalo decided to produce this article on the freshness of wines that we hope you find it useful. Let’s begin!

vinoBeginning the tasting. Photo by Cumidanciki (CC BY 2.0)

Before anything, it is worth clarifying what we are referring to when we speak of wine freshness. And the answer is simple: we understand freshness as a positive perception of the wine’s acidity.

Wine is an acidic drink in nature. In fact, all fruit juices are, and wine, a fermented juice, is no exception. Within the wine we find three different types of acids, which confer different sensations on the palate:

Tartaric Acid: Provides sensations of ripe fruit, fresh and pleasant flavours and “green” notes.

Malic Acid: Gives the wine unpleasant harsh notes and unripeness.

Citric acid: Who doesn’t know the characteristic features of freshness and liveliness of this acid?

As a general idea, we could say that a correct freshness combines acidity, fruitiness, exuberance, personality, liveliness (also found in old wines) and quality, whereas low acidity and freshness, gives us a heavier and more alcoholic wine. Moreover, too high an acidity will also give unpleasant sensations.

One of the most extensive conclusions, yet sometimes erroneous, about the freshness of wine is when we say that the freshness of a wine is due to sunshine and temperature. This is a logical conclusion, although not always true.

And as with fruits, the more heat, the more mature (and less acidic) the wine, the type of terrain and contrast between day and night temperatures also play an important role. A clear example of this last point are the excellent fresh wines which the Eguren family produce in the warm climate of Toro.

But let’s put the theory into practice. Here are three recommendations for fresh wines that you can not miss:

El Castro de Valtuille Mencía Joven 2013. A wonderful Mencia varietal developed under the guidance of winemaker Raul Perez in Bierzo. An abundance of ripe fruit, flowers, youth and freshness.

Almirez 2012. Since we had already mentioned this wine, we had to recommend the excellent feeling of fresh fruit given to us by Eguren brothers in each of their wines made in the Teso la Monja winery  in  Toro. A marvel, awarded no less than 93 Parker points .

Artadi Joven 2013. This deserves a special mention if you are looking for acidity and freshness. A very spacious and pleasant wine. Do not miss it.

Dare to discover these wines? You’ll love them!

 

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