Learn to taste wine! Day three: How do you taste TANNIN in wine?

Welcome to Novel Wines’ very special wine tasting week. Each day our wine buyer Ben will introduce you to a new element of wine tasting, covering Body, Acidity, Tannin, Sweetness, Alcohol and Balance.

In today’s video, Ben talks about Tannin. Generally, tannin adds structure and depth to a wine. It can also help preserve the wine for longer. It’s also a natural effect of extracting phenolics, the main flavours and compounds of wine. When tannin is in balance, it can be a brilliant asset to a good bottle. However, it’s a good idea to work out what level of tannin works for you.

You can start by trying a black tea or peeling the skin off a grape. How does the tannin feel across your mouth? Do the two examples of tannin differ?

Once you’ve got a good idea, try these wines:
Low tannin wines like English red wine (Pinot Noir, Regent) or a juicy, young Tempranillo from Spain. Kadarka, the Hungarian grape, is also low in tannin.
Higher tannin wines such as Cabernet Franc, Nebbiolo, and Syrah, all three of which often have both oak and grape skin tannin.

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