1 March 2017
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The How To’s Of Winetasting

You love to drink wine, you love how it tastes, how it smells and how it makes you feel. The only thing is when it comes to talking about wine, you don’t know much more than the basics, like this is red wine, this is white wine.

Wine tasting and the art of making wine is an age old tradition that has been passed down from generation to generation. The oldest-known winery was discovered in a cave in Vayots Dzor in Armenia. Dating back to c. 4100 BC, the site contained a wine press, fermentation vats, jars, and cups.

For those of us that are less well versed in the language of wine, here is a guide on how to judge, taste and talk about wine. Besides referring to wine ratings, tasting terms are the only way we can quantify what a wine tastes like before we buy it. Learning what these words mean (and how to use them yourself) is a very powerful skill to have in order to buy exactly what you want.There are four simple steps to wine-tasting: 

1. Look
Check out the color, opacity (how translucent the wine is) and viscosity (consistency of the wine). You don’t really need to spend more than 5 seconds on this step.

2. Smell
When you first start smelling wine, think big to small. Are there fruits? Think of broad categories first, like citrus, orchard, or tropical fruits in whites or, when tasting reds, red fruits, blue fruits, or black fruits. Getting too specific or looking for one particular note can lead to frustration.

3. Taste
Taste is how we use our tongues to observe the wine, but once you swallow the wine, the sensation may change. Our tongues can detect salty, sour, sweet, or bitter. All wines are going to have some sour, because grapes all contain acid. Ethanol gives a wine texture because we perceive it as “richer” than water. We can also detect tannins with our tongue, which is that sand-paper or tongue-depressor drying sensation in red wines. The taste of wine is also time-based: there is a beginning, middle and end. How long does it take before the flavour of the wine disappears?

4. Think
Did the wine taste balanced or out of balance; is it too acidic, too alcoholic, too tannin-heavy? Did you like the wine? Was this wine unique or unmemorable? Were there any characteristics that shined through and impressed you?

Q & A With Roelof van Shalkwyk

Roelof van Schalkwyk is the red winemaker at Klawer Wines. He is very passionate about his wines and the process of making wine. Roelof took the time to tell us a little bit about his wine-making philosophies.

"I like to keep winemaking uncomplicated, clean and simple, to stick to the basics. I love the harvest. There are always difficulties, but it is how you deal with those difficulties that is important. The most rewarding feeling is when you can deliver a product that you worked hard for that is appreciated by others.

"As a winemaker you must have the passion and the drive. There are always goals I try and achieve. In the harvest, it is to get every single ton of grapes in the cellar without any hassles. For the fermenting process I try ensure that it runs smoothly and according to plan. To give a solid clean product for the market and to keep the client satisfied with wines and service."

Die 2017 Michelle Vin Doux-vonkelwyn sal teen 5 April by die Cellar Door beskikbaar wees.

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